In a deleted Facebook post, Presidential son Paolo Duterte shared a list of the personalities and companies that are allegedly planning to oust his father, President Rodrigo Duterte.
The list included politicians like Vice President Leni Robredo, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, Leila de Lima, Senator Risa Hontiveros, and former senator Francisto Tadtad. Others are known to be allies of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Aside from the politicians, a few religious personalities are also listed like Bishop Broderick Pabilo, Bishop Leo Drona, Bishop Antonio Tobias, Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, Bishop Julio Xavier Labayen, Bishop Pablo David, and Bishop Arturo Santos.
Even private companies are not exempted because Jollibee Food Corp., Dole Philippines, PLDT, Philsaga Mining Corp., General Tuna Corp., and Sumi Philipines Wiring System are allegedly against the President.
Journalists Maria Ressa, Ellen Tordesillas, and Ed Lingao are also in the list.
Paolo added that the mentioned individuals hold meetings at Maryhill School of Theology in New Manila, Alfredo’s and Annabelle’s Restaurants at Tomas Morato Avenue, and UP Hotels in Quezon City.
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GMA Network writer Suzette Doctolero slams resigned Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson once again.
On October 8, Monday, Doctolero shared the news regarding Uson’s decision to run in the 2019 midterm elections.
She suggested that the former ASec should start at the barangay elections first as she’s still inexperienced and proceeded to say “Syunga syunga ka pa. Aral muna.”
Hay. Wala ka pang alam. Magsimula ka muna sa baranggay. Jusmiyo. Syunga syunga ka pa. Aral muna.
It earned negative feedback from the Diehard Duterte Supporters (DDS). One compared Uson to Senators Nancy Binay and Risa Hontiveros.
Mas hamak naman may alam cya sa kommunicsyon si Mocha kaysa kay nancy binay hontiverus dahil mas expose cya sa media. At graduate din maman syas UST. kaya nya supalpalin mga negatibong anti. Bakit si lito lapid jinggoy bong revilla. Mas hamak namang proffessional si Mocga kay bong lito estrada na mga artistang mga unggoy at illitirate. Nag artista lang din at naging bida at kontrabida.
In a separate status, Doctolero labeled some DDS “toxic” as they have been cursing her through private messages. She clarified that she’s a supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, however, she refuses to be a “blind supporter” that stays silent whenever there’s something wrong.
Toxic nga pala talaga ang ibang DDS ano? May masabi ka lang puna sa pangulo o kay Mocha, mumurahin ka na sa pm hahaha.
Lilinawin ko ha.
I remain a supporter of the President and this government. Ipinagmanalaki ko ang mga accomplishments ni PRRD at ginagawa ko iyon sa pamamagitan ng pagpopost ng magagandang balitang ito sa aking fb at twitter page. Dahil ang tagumpay ng pangulo ay malaking tagumpay para sa ating bansa di ba
Yun nga lang, ayaw ko na maging blind supporter na mananahimik kapag may nagawa o nasabing mali ang pangulo. Kaya kapag may mali, pupunahin ko rin. At gagawin ko ito kasi ito ang mando natin bilang mamamayan ng isang demokrasyang bansa. Ang maging kritikal, mapanuri chenes sa abot ng aking kaalaman at kakayahan haha.
She also said that she still defends Uson against sexist comments but believes that she’s not yet ready to be a senator as she still lacks knowledge, experience, and maturity.
And Mocha? Ipagtatanggol ko pa rin siya sa mga bigot at sexist (nakikipag away nga ako for her lalo nat sobrang mean at cruel na ng iba sa kanya) pero naniniwala rin ako na di pa siya ready maging senador. Sa palagay ko, kulang pa siya sa kaalaman, eksperyensa, maturity. Marami na ngang walang silbing nakaupo, dadagdagan pa ba?
Opinyon ko ito and if you do not share my opinion then stop following me. Kaysa inisin mo ang sarili mo sa pagbabasa ng mga post ko Hahaha.
Doctolero also posted about Special Assistant to the President Bong Go‘s statement that President Duterte joined the lotto craze.
Dear My beloved DDS, 👅
Hindi ko sinabing bawal tumaya ng lotto ang pangulo. By all means, tumaya siya, wala akong pake. BUT! Sana huwag nang ipublished at ipangalandakan pa ni Sap Go.
Nagbibigay kasi ito ng image na pwedeng interpret sa dalawang paraan:
“Wow! Masang masa talaga ang pangulo! Tumataya din siya gaya ko!”
O kaya, at ang masama, ay eto:
“Weh. Mayaman na nga, Presidente na, maghaharimunan pa sa lotto?!”
Kung nangyari ito noong campaign period, noong sobrang popular pa ang pangulo e Swak ang imaging (image-ing) na ito. Promding nangangarap maging Presidente. Nangangarap ding manalo sa lotto to support his candidacy. Perfect! Ganda! Kagat ng masa. Aprub!
E kaso tapos na ang honeymoon period.
Nasa 70 o 65 na yata ang ratings ng pangulo. It’s not bad, yes, good pa rin. Pero hindi na ganun kataas. Kumbaga sa boksingero, may mga tama na, konti na lang mga suntok, pwede pang bumagsak. Gusto ba natin ito ha!??
So kailangang mag ingat sa “imaging” ng pangulo. Di pwede, bara bara pa rin.
She said that the image of the President betting in the lotto is “greedy” not because of Duterte himself, but because of the image it shows.
Kaya sa opinyon ko, hindi maganda na makita ang image na tumataya din sa billion lotto draw ang pangulo. Greedy ang dating. Di ko sinabing greedy siya. Magmumukha lang greedy. Magkaiba iyon mga iho, mga katoto. Sa opinyon ko, ayokong maki agaw pa o makipag kumpetensya ang pangulo sa pag asa at pangarap na dala ng lotto sa milyon milyong mahihirap.
Kung ako ang political strategist o image consultant ng pangulo (no, hindi ako nag aapply, di ako interesado sa govt post), ang gusto kong makita ng tao ay ito:
1) isang pangulo na, hindi tataya sa lotto (o kaya pasekreto na lang tumaya, quiet lang), pero pupunta sa pcso on the day ng draw, para maging saksi sa draw, to insure na walang lokohang magaganap sa biggest ever bolahan of the century.
Anong imaging nito? Palalakasin nito ang “protective father” image niya. Di ba? Kakampi ng masa. Nagtataguyod ng pag asa at pangarap ng masa. Ang ganda!
So tatanungin ko ulit kayo, ano ang image na idudulot ng pangulo na tumaya sa lotto, kahit na ang dami nang ibat ibang batikos? Di maganda. Subject sa interpretasyon. Sa puntong ito, di na pwede ang image na subject sa interpretation oy.
Di ako kaaway ha.
Importante sa akin ang pangulo kaya concern ako sa image niya. I want him to finish his full term kaya ko sinasabi ito.
Pero dahil akala ninyo ay tinitira ko ang pangulo kaya di nyo narealize ito. Bahalakayosabuhay nyo. Lol.
TAGS: Bong Go, DDS, Diehard Duterte Supporters, duterte, GMA Network, Mocha Uson, Nancy Binay, president duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte, presidential communications operations office, Risa Hontiveros, rodrigo duterte, Suzette Doctolero, Suzette Doctolero Mocha Uson
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto suggested the total ban of all porn sites in the country at the Senate discussions on August 30.
The bill in question, which is Senate Bill 1888 also known as Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy Act of 2018, includes creating a program to educate teenagers on topics about sex like HIV/AIDS, dating, and pornography.
Adding to the discussion of the proposed topic, Sotto suggested denying porn site access to all Filipinos. “I’d like to imagine, how [to educate them]? One of the best ways to do it is to remove it in the internet — remove porn.”
It was based on how Senator Risa Hontiveros perceived the said sites.
“In the internet age, for most of them needs education against cyber porn, precisely because cyber porn is one of the most damaging and cynical representations of human sexuality to young people.”
On January 2017, several porn sites have already been banned by telco companies because of the RA 9771, also known as the Child Pornography Law, however, lesser-known sites are still currently accessible.
Philippines has been ranked as the top 14th country worldwide that visits PornHub. The country has also been placed 3rd in Asia and the only Southeast Asian country on the list.
Aside from those, Philippines also holds the top spot when it comes to average time spent on the site.
“I ask Hontiveros; Is that already a policy? Is that a baseline of a policy? Napakabobo naman,” the exact words of President Duterte to Senator Risa Hontiveros.
Duterte has once again defended PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa’s post after getting questioned by the human rights advocate and senator Risa Hontiveros. The head of the Philippine National Police cannot help but cry during the said hearing.
In defense, the President clapped back at the senator for ingratiating that the deaths of minors including Kian delos Santos, 17 and Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19 are against the law. She also pointed out that the deaths may signify a state policy to kill crime suspects.
“Do you think two killings, even if it’s illegal, would make a policy? Dalawang patay. Palagay na natin pinatay, murder,” he said questioning Hontiveros’ claims.
Dela Rosa remained mum after his breakdown during the recent Senate hearing. Duterte, again, defended the PNP director.
“Kaya nga umiyak ang tao nga kasi it’s an insult na sabihin it’s a policy of the police to kill. There are so many criminal minds, even in the Liberal Party,” he said.
The Liberal Party has a record of plunder, he said. He ended with a challenge to Hontiveros; compare the killings of the Liberal to his administration.
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“Ang Expanded Maternity Leave Bill ay hindi lamang para kay nanay, pwede din kay tatay.”
This was the statement issued on Tuesday by Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros in response to questions whether the paid paternity leaves of working men can also be increased.
Hontiveros, who chairs both the Senate Committee on Women and Senate Committee on Health, filed Senate Bill 215 otherwise known as “The Expanded Maternity Leave Act” to double women workers’ maternity leave from the current 60 days to 120 days, with extra 30 days for solo mothers, for a total of 150 days.
The Senator said that fathers can avail of the benefits of the proposed Expanded Maternity Leave Law. She called this the “Daddy quota” of the proposed measure.
“The idea behind the bill is not only to give expectant mothers ample time to ensure the best possible conditions for a healthy delivery, recovery from childbirth and stronger mother-child bond, it also recognizes the role of fathers, adoptive parents and alternate caregivers, and contribute to a more equal distribution of child care among Filipino families,” Hontiveros said.
Hontiveros said that 30 days of the proposed 120-day maternity will be alloted to alternate caregivers (spouse, common-law partner, relative up to the 4th degree of consanguinity). Adoptive parents are also included.
“Parenting is a collective effort, and pregnancy is both a delicate and precious time. Pregnancy and child care is not the responsibility of women alone. Fathers and other alternate caregivers deserve the opportunity to create meaningful memories with their partners as they welcome and nurture their children,” Hontiveros said.
Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday pushed for the implementation of a national multi-sectoral strategy to address the rising incidence of HIV and AIDS in the country amidst reports that there will be 133,000 people living with HIV in the Philippines by 2022.
In a press conference in Quezon City attended by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups and organized by the DANGAL National Network, Hontiveros said that from 6,015 total cases in 2010, HIV/AIDS incidence in the country rose to a total of 33,419 during just the first quarter of 2016.
“The situation we face is dire,” the senator said.
“The rapid increase in the last six years reflects an alarming landscape: the HIV is expanding in urban centers of the country, affecting disproportionately populations and communities that are marginalized and vulnerable: young Filipinos, gay and bisexual men, transgender people, and people who use drugs,” Hontiveros added.
As a response, Hontiveros, who is also the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, filed Senate Bill No. 376 or the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Bill to introduce an evidence-based, human rights-informed, and gender-transformative HIV prevention and treatment plan.
Hontiveros said her bill will formulate a six-year National Multi-Sectoral HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan, which will incorporate a prevention program that will have a strong focus on education and accessibility of reproductive health services.
“80% of new infections come from men having sex with men. The median age of those diagnosed with HIV is below 35 years old” Hontiveros lamented. “At a time when stigma overrules government policies on this important health issue, we need to underscore that the foundation of curbing HIV must be based on the protection of human rights” she said.
The Senator maintained that new developments in prevention and treatment are available and must be maximized by the government. “Early diagnosis leads to early treatment and saves lives. Prevention, early detection and treatment must be made available by the government”, Hontiveros explained.
Hontiveros’ bill also seeks a comprehensive, inclusive and localized response towards HIV-AIDS. If passed, it will repeal Republic Act 8504 or the Philippine HIV AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998.
Asserting that there is an urgent need to scrutinize the country’s debt, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday filed a resolution calling on the appropriate Senate committee to inquire, in aid of legislation, the foreign loans contracted by the country through the process of a Senate-led debt audit.
Proposed Senate Resolution no. 253 authored by Pimentel and Hontiveros urged the Senate to conduct a comprehensive debt audit to verify whether the loan agreements the Philippines has entered into are legitimate and to enact measures to ensure the prudent and proper use of foreign loans.
The senators said that it is the duty of the government to verify whether the country’s loan agreements entered into with different international financial institutions (IFIs) are in accordance with the principles on promoting responsible sovereign lending and borrowing by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
“I am happy that we found an ally in no less than Senate President Pimentel in the crucial first step to free the nation’ s coffers from illegitimate debts and/or loan agreements riddled with questionable processes, contractual obligations, purposes and use,” Hontiveros said.
“Carrying out a legislative audit of public debt could lead to the repudiation of the illegitimate part of the country’s debt and free funds to augment the government’s social spending and guide us in reformulating our policies based on the UNCTAD principles,” Hontiveros added.
Hontiveros, who is the lone senator who voted against Philippine membership to the China-led Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB), citing the need to conduct a debt audit first before the country joins another international financial institution, noted that in the 2016 national budget alone, P214.5 billon has been allocated for debt servicing.
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) said that P 3.78 Billion in the 2016 national government budget went to interest and principal payments in connection with a number of questionable loan-funded projects, including: the Power Sector Development Program, Sixth Road (Tullahan), Pampanga Development Flood Control, Bohol Irrigation II, and Angat Water Supply Optimization.
TAGS: Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Philippine debt, Proposed Senate Resolution no. 253, Resolution to audit Philippine debt, Risa Hontiveros, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros reiterated her call for the passage of a law that will protect members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or LGBT community in the country, citing numerous cases of hate crimes and discriminatory practices.
In a historic first, Hontiveros on Wednesday sponsored Senate Bill No. 935 otherwise known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB). It is said to be the first LGBT bill in the Philippines to reach the senate plenary. Hontiveros said that “deep-seated hate and prejudice” perpetuate violence against the LGBTs.
“Since 1996, 164 crimes against LGBTs have been recorded, but the numbers may be higher since the country lacks a clear policy on determining what classifies as a hate crime. The murders of 29 transgender people have been documented in the Philippines since, the highest in Southeast Asia and the second highest in Asia. In October 2014, the high-profile case of transwoman Jennifer Laude was cited by LGBT groups as an effect of systemic discrimination,” Hontiveros explained.
Hontiveros, who also serves as Chairperson of the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality, lamented how the Philippines is lagging behind in securing LGBT rights and welfare.
“Globally, fundamental victories were accomplished in terms of securing LGBT rights and welfare, more notably an adoption or strengthening of their respective anti-discrimination laws. However, the same thing can’t be said for the Philippines. For the last 17 years, Congress has failed to pass the ADB. The LGBT community cannot wait any longer,” Hontiveros said.
Hontiveros’ Anti-Discrimination Bill seeks to mandate the creation of social protection and diversity programs that will protect LGBTIQs rights and promote equality. It will ensure that discrimination, stigma, and hate would not hinder anyone from access to education, healthcare, employment, and other fundamental rights.
The said bill also vows to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It lists and defines discriminatory acts that are to be proscribed and penalized.
“Ang labang ito ay para sa mga tulad ni Jennifer Laude na biktima ng karahasan dulot ng isang marahas na kultura. It’s time we end hate and prejudice. Discrimination escalates into violence. We need to put an end to this,” Hontiveros concluded.
MANILA. Hospitals may face harsher penalties and even revocation of their license to operate if they continue to refuse admission to patients who fail to make advance payments or deposits.
The bill amending Republic Act 8344 or An Act Prohibiting Demand of Deposits or Advance Payments for the Confinement or Treatment of Patients in Hospitals and Medical Clinics in Certain Cases was filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros. Hontiveros, a known health advocate, said that she is ready to go against private hospitals “if lives and rights of patients are at stake.”
Erring hospital administrators may face up to six years imprisonment and a fine of one million pesos. Repeated violations may cause revocation of the license to operate. On a lighter note, however, Hontiveros shared that her proposed legislation would provide incentives to hospitals that comply, including tax deductions, to encourage the partnership of public and private hospitals to close the healthcare gap.
The newly-elected senator said that the strengthening of the current law against hospital deposits is urgent, citing cases of private and public health facilities refusing to admit patients that have led to miscarriage and death. “We will expand the definition of ‘emergency’ by including women in active labor and at risk of miscarriage and fetal distress,” Hontiveros explained.
“Providing healthcare should not be just a money venture; it should first and foremost be a public service,” Hontiveros said. Hospitals have a social responsibility of contributing to the accessibility and availability of healthcare services in the country, she concluded.
MANILA. Health advocate and now Senator Risa Hontiveros filed on Thursday three bills she labeled as a “health package for women and children”.
The former PhilHealth Director said the bills are keeping true to her campaign promise, putting into legislative proposals the issues she encountered as a health advocate. Hontiveros ran under the platform of universal healthcare and the slogan “Healthy Pinoy, Healthy ‘Pinas”.
Hontiveros’s health package includes the strengthening of the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law, an extension of maternity leave from 60 calendar days to 120, and the Bibong Barangay Health Worker Bill which seeks to increase compensation and training for barangay health workers or BHWs.
Strengthening the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law
The strengthening of the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law is urgent, according to the newly-elected Senator. She cited numerous cases of complications and even death due to the refusal of some hospitals to admit indigent patients in emergency cases.
According to Hontiveros, there is a need to bridge the gap between the services offered by private and public hospitals. In the Philippines, seven out of ten Filipinos die without seeing a doctor, and more than 50% of barangays lack a barangay health station.
Hontiveros lamented the situation of patients, especially childbearing women, who are placed in dire situations when private hospitals and clinics refuse admission. She seeks to place harsher penalties on hospitals that violate the law.
Extension of Maternity Leave
Hontiveros also seeks to extend maternity leave from 60 to 120 days. Hontiveros’s Senate bill version, however, provides a unique provision of giving an option to women to allocate a portion of their maternity leave to an alternate caregiver.
“It takes a community to raise a child,” quoted Hontiveros referring to husbands, legal partners, and even adoptive parents as part of that “community.”
The newly-elected Senator said that she wants to ensure that women are not discriminated against in employment due to an increase in maternity leave, if ever provided by law.
The former PhilHealth director argued that her proposed mechanism of giving an option to women to allocate a portion of their maternity leave will give equal responsibility to men or to legal partners and will be seen as equal before employers.
The bill also gives a 30-day parental leave for new adoptive parents to allow time for to nurture and to bond with the adoptive child.
Added compensation and training to BHWs
“Barangay health workers are our first responders,” said Hontiveros. “But they are not given enough training and compensation for their service,” she added.
Her bill seeks to professionalize the barangay health system by giving additional training and compensation. Currently, BHWs are considered as barangay volunteers with little or no allowance.
The national government should give a counterpart in funding to the local government units, she explained.
Building blocks or pillars of universal healthcare
Hontiveros explained that her proposed health package is one of the many building blocks or pillars of universal healthcare.
She said that she plans to file more proposed legislations that will advance healthcare financing, increased benefits for various sectors, and generally improve the country’s healthcare system.
“Universal healthcare is possible in our lifetime,” she concluded.