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Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts uncover 200 acres of marine resources

Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts uncover 200 acres of marine resources

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  • The DENR has discovered 200 acres of marine resources during the rehabilitation of Manila Bay
  • A new species of sardine, coral colonies, and other high-value fish were discovered
  • The government aims to have swimmable beaches in the bay before the year ends

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.

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Jimmy Bondoc is excited about ‘one of the biggest networks’ closing down

Jimmy Bondoc is excited about ‘one of the biggest networks’ closing down

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  • Jimmy Bondoc took to Facebook to express his wish for a TV network’s “extinction”
  • Bondoc explained why he wanted to see the biggest network close down
  • Bondoc was a former talent at ABS-CBN

Jimmy Bondoc has been less visible in the music scene ever since he was appointed Assistant Vice President for entertainment for PAGCOR in 2016 by President Rodrigo Duterte.

He is a staunch supporter of the President who has threatened to block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise.

In his recent Facebook post, Bondoc revealed his excitement to see the biggest television network closing down.

It started off with an earlier post where he reacted to an ABS-CBN News Report titled Bong Go not accompanied by family at Senate proclamation which he called “malicious.” He also expressed his eagerness for the network’s “extinction.”

He wrote:

“Napaka MALICIOUS ng abs cbn news.
I will eagerly await your demise.
Look at what this headline connotes.
And look at what the real reason is.
Your news section is nothing but a ____
Never mind.
I eagerly await your extinction.”

In his next Facebook post, he explained the reasons he wanted to see the biggest network close down. For him, the company’s success was based on politics and sexual favors and that people keep their silence because they benefit from it.

“I am so excited to see the biggest tv network close down. This company is a snake pit, where success is based on politics and sexual favors. NOBODY dares to talk about it because they either benefit from it, or they would rather not have them as enemies.”

He wanted the netizens to read first his reasons before judging him for his eagerness to see this biggest network to close down.

“ART and CULTURE have been ruined by this network. Our moral fiber as a nation, too. Wide-eyed kids seek dreams and fall in line, not knowing the hell that their lives will be plunged into.
They have contests where the winners have been pre-determined, or are manipulated to suit the whims of the hidden bosses.
Their news is for sale, highest bidder gets the slant. And foreign groups are usually the victors.”

He was also aware how people would react negatively to his post but he was so determined to speak up.

“I AM EAGERLY AWAITING YOUR DEMISE. I know how this sounds. And I know the nasty comments which are bound to come. I don’t care. If you think COMELEC is bad, wait until you see the real machinery that is known as “the biggest network.”

Bondoc claimed that closing of this network means “real change.”

“This is not schadenfreude. This is hope! This is for real change. You have COUNTLESS VICTIMS, from sexual harassment to plain and simple bullying.
I am so happy that your time has come”

Meanwhile, Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin slammed singer Jimmy Bondoc for wanting closure of the ‘biggest TV network.’

Bondoc was once a performer on some ABS-CBN shows.

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Mandatory ROTC program for senior high school students set to return soon

Mandatory ROTC program for senior high school students set to return soon

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  • The House of Representatives has approved on the third and final reading a bill requiring ROTC training for Senior High School Students
  • The ROTC program may help develop discipline and obedience to authority in students
  • President Rodrigo Duterte believes that patriotism can be instilled in Senior High School students through some military training

In 2001, the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program was stopped after the death of Cadet Mark Chua who exposed the corruption that plagued the ROTC at the University of Santo Tomas.

More than a decade later, the House of Representatives has approved on the third and final reading a bill requiring ROTC training for Senior High School Students.

On the Facebook account of Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago, she announced the passing of House bill No. 8961 on the third and final reading that institutionalized mandatory ROTC for Grades 11 and 12. However, she opposed this bill implementation “without Senior High School/K-12 implementation review and even without status report/resolution on the program’s widespread cases of harassment, hazing, and corruption.”

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House Bill No. 8961 establishes a mandatory basic ROTC program for students enrolled in Grades 11 and 12 in public and private schools as a requisite for graduation.

It was President Duterte who encouraged Congress to enact laws to bring back the mandatory ROTC program during his speech at the 35th Founding Anniversary of the Army Reserve Command. He believes that patriotism can be instilled in Senior High School students through some military training.

“I encourage Congress to enact a law that will require mandatory ROTC for Grades 11 and 12 so we can instill patriotism, love of country among our youth,” Duterte said.

With the active involvement in the program, the students may also develop patriotism, the readiness to fulfill the ultimate responsibility to defend our country from foreign aggression. It would also help build character with proper values. Leadership skills, teamwork, and unity could be instilled while undergoing exercises to achieve common objectives.

The house bill also laid out some exemptions:
• Those physically or psychologically unfit as certified by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Surgeon General or his authorized medical officer
• Those who have undergone or are undergoing similar military training
• Those who were chosen by their school to serve as varsity players in sports competitions
• Those exempt from training for valid reasons as approved by the Department of National Defense

This announcement received different reactions from the netizens. Some millennials strongly disagreed with the return of the mandatory ROTC program.

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Teddy Locsin offers assistance to Pinoy voters who wish to migrate after the loss of their election bets

Teddy Locsin offers assistance to Pinoy voters who wish to migrate after the loss of their election bets

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  • ‘How to migrate’ was the top search result after the election results
  • Pinoys search ways on ‘how to migrate’ after election results
  • People are considering migration

A lot of people were disappointed with the election results, even if some were still unofficial. Their candidates did not win. They also know that some of the candidates who won have a notorious history, politically speaking.

As the unofficial results came, data from Google Trend showed that Filipinos where searching ‘how to migrate’ and ‘migrate’ on the search engines.

Netizens also rationalized this. Some really meant on migrating, but mostly were joking. This shows how disappointed the people are with the results.

The same thing happened when Donald Trump was winning in the 2016 election. Americans were also searching on how to migrate to Canada and other countries.

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Maria Ressa, a journalist, tweeted an article about this and netizens had a lot to say about it.

Teddy Locsin then retweeted it saying, “Bebot Bello and I will help. It’s our job. We will expedite.”

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Otso Diretso accepts candidates’ defeat

Otso Diretso accepts candidates’ defeat

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  • Opposition Senate bets out of top 12 in unofficial poll results
  • Mar Roxas needs 4.5 million to win
  • Bam Aquino needs at least 300,000

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.

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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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte mocks Jim Paredes by saying ‘Hala kaliit’ over his video scandal

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte mocks Jim Paredes by saying ‘Hala kaliit’ over his video scandal

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  • President Rodrigo Duterte mocked Jim Paredes after he figured in a viral video scandal
  • Duterte admits that he never engaged in such acts as Paredes did in his video
  • Paredes believed that the truth will set him free as he decided to speak up about his video scandal

President Rodrigo Duterte mocked the singer and administration critic, Jim Paredes, after he figured in a viral video scandal.

During a campaign against the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates coalition in Bacolod City, the president slammed Paredes in his speech, commenting about his viral video wherein he was pleasuring himself.

Itong Jim Paredes, immoral daw ako. Pinakita nga niya yung *t*n niya, t*ng*n* ang liit pa, ganun, sa totoo lang,” the President said in a speech during a PDP-Laban campaign sortie in Bacolod City.

The President admitted having a foul-mouth but he said that he never engaged in such acts as Paredes did in his video.

Hindi ako nagyayabang, napasabi ako ‘hala kaliit‘,” he added. “Iyan ang mga taong nambabatikos sa akin. Kita mo yung kalidad nila.”

Duterte has associated the kinds of people, who continuously bash him, with the quality they have for being “small” like Jim Paredes.

At first, the 67–year–old APO Hiking Society member denied the video, when he claimed it as “Fake” but later owned it and said that the video was meant for private viewing.

https://twitter.com/allenjoymagno/status/1116869798296604672

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“It was private, and not meant for public consumption. I do not know how it became public. I can only surmise that in this ugly season of toxic politics, muckrakers determined to neutralize my influence by violating my privacy and digging up dirt on me, are at work,” he said in a blog post on April 1.

Paredes believed that truth will set him free so he decided to speak up about his video scandal.

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Ramon Tulfo claims that Chinese workers are better than Filipino laborers

Ramon Tulfo claims that Chinese workers are better than Filipino laborers

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  • Special Envoy to China Ramon Tulfo Jr. defends influx of Chinese workers to PH
  • According to Tulfo, Chinese employees are better and more efficient than Filipino workers
  • Partido Manggagawa called out Tulfo to provide a study to back up his claims

Amid the influx of foreign workers in the country, Special Envoy to China Ramon “Mon” Tulfo Jr. supported the influx of Chinese laborers, even elevating them as “better” than their Filipino counterparts.

Speaking in CNN Philippines’ On The Record, Tulfo stated: “Alam mo bakit nila preferred, ‘yung mga developers, ‘yung mga Chinese workers? Masipag. ‘Yung mga Pinoy workers, mawalang galang na, ‘pag pupunta sa job site tsaka lang dun magpe-prepare ng kanilang tools, whereas ‘yung mga Chinese preparado na.”

Chinese workers get the job done faster than the Filipinos according to Tulfo as they do not talk when on the job. “‘Yung mga Pinoy they take time, they sweep time, pupunta sa CR, iinom ng tubig, iihi… May nagsabi pa nga sa akin, what takes Chinese workers eight months to finish a certain project, sila, ang mga Pinoy, isang taon,” he added.

The former broadcaster and newspaper columnist also pointed out that some contractors are even complaining that Filipino workers are noisy at work and slow. “Ang nalalaman ko umaangal ‘yung mga developer, ‘yung mga foreman inaamin nila na ‘yung mga Chinese workers kapag nagtatrabaho, trabaho. Itong mga Pinoy salita nang salita, maingay pa, tapos mabagal.”

As a response to this, Partido Manggagawa, which is a labor group and a political party, told Philstar.com in an online exchange that they want to challenge Tulfo to “provide a comparative measure of productivity or a time-and-motion study” to back up his claims.

Partido Manggagawa suggests that Tulfo “is just an apologist for Duterte’s pro-China policy and for Chinese interests.”

There has been a significant increase in the number of Chinese nationals flying to the country since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016. The president had established stronger ties with the economy-giant, which provided funds and loans for several projects under the administration’s “build, build, build” program.

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay said from 2015 to 2018, there were 169,893 foreign nationals working in the country—about 51 percent of them are Chinese. Citing data from the Immigration Bureau, Tutay said in 2018 alone 185,000 foreign nationals were given special work permits by the agency, and 127,033 of the applicants for such permit were Chinese.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo explained back in January the reason of the influx, “We lack so many construction workers that is why many Chinese workers are being hired because there are no more Filipinos. Many Filipinos are unemployed and yet they lack the skill so we need to teach them.”

READ: Chinese versus Filipinos: Who work harder?

Tutay, however, disputed this saying that a large portion of Chinese workers in the country are employed in the gaming industry. Meanwhile, only half of the about 10,000 foreign nationals with alien employment permit under the construction sector are Chinese.

“Dumagasa po ang Chinese nationals when it comes to online gaming. Medyo mababa lang naman ang bilang ng Chinese nationals in the construction sector,” she said.

On the other hand, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he “violently disagrees” with Tulfo’s statement on Filipino workers in a follow-up report on CNN Philippines.

Bello III claimed in a televised report, “He should know that the most sought after workers in the world are the Filipinos. You go anywhere, in any other country, and they always give preference to Filipinos because Filipinos are very industrious, very efficient and they are very good workers.”

Filipino workers VS Chinese workersFilipino workers are indeed harworking.. no doubt about it.. they will be seen all…

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He added that an inter-agency taskforce that includes the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Justice, Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corp. has already met to address the issue.

Still, for Tulfo, the inflow of Chinese workers will benefit the country in the long run. “Our country has become a good place to invest in. We’ve opened our doors to China kaya dumami sila… We have everything to gain, ang laki laki ng investments na dumadating,” said.

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Could ABS-CBN finally renew their broadcasting franchise?

Could ABS-CBN finally renew their broadcasting franchise?

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  • House Bill 4349 which seeks to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise for another 25 years is still pending at the committee level in Congress
  • And the Bureau of Internal Revenue has accepted ABS-CBN’s offer to pay the total “judicial compromise amount”
  • On April of 2017 as can be recalled, President Duterte threatened the network that he will block their franchise renewal

This coming March 2020, ABS-CBN’s franchise will be up for renewal and House Bill 4349 which seeks to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise for another 25 years is still pending at the committee level in Congress.

Recently, The Court of Appeals approved the broadcast network of ABS-CBN Corporation, and has agreed to pay P152.44 million as part of a compromise agreement on its tax deficiency case.

And the Bureau of Internal Revenue has accepted ABS-CBN’s offer to pay the total “judicial compromise amount.”

“The BIR has accepted the amount equivalent to 40 percent of the basic tax assessed for deficiency income tax, value-added tax, and documentary stamp tax and the amount equivalent to 100 percent of the basic tax assessed for deficiency expanded withholding tax, compensation withholding tax, and final withholding tax,” the CTA said.

ABS-CBN chief financial officer Aldren Cerrado requested for cooperation, and through the CTA did not state the total dues of ABS-CBN, as what the corporation agreed to pay represented its alleged tax deficiency for 2009.

To put an end to the trial, the agreement was granted for ABS-CBN to resolve their differences, noting the resolution effectively renders judgment on the case.

“After careful scrutiny of the documents submitted by the parties in support of the judicial compromise, the court finds the same in order and in compliance with the established laws, rules, and regulations. Hence, the court approves the same,” the CTA said.

The ABS-CBN really tried its best to renew the license of the network, but there are still a lot of factors to consider. One of these factors is the threat of the President in blocking their franchise renewal.

On April of 2017 as can be recalled, President Duterte threatened the network that he will block their franchise renewal.

“Yung franchise ninyo, matatapos. But let me ask you questions first. Kasi ako talaga mag-object na marenew kayo. Alam mo bakit? Magnanakaw kayo. Estapador. Ginawa ninyo sa amin, marami kami,” the President said.

And during the May 2016 presidential election, the President also criticized the network for favoring Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s political advertisement against him and did not air his paid political ads which he had already paid for. It seems that the President had his eye on the network.

With the issue and concern that ABS-CBN network is facing, could they possibly renew their contract by March 2020? Will the President continue his plan in blocking their franchise renewal application? To date, ABS-CBN’s status as to their franchise grant is still pending.

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Catholic priests should be allowed to marry, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte suggests

Catholic priests should be allowed to marry, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte suggests

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  • Duterte’s ‘solution’: Priests should be allowed to marry
  • President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said Catholics priests, even those who are gay, should be allowed to marry

President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been a vocal critic of the Catholic Church, advocated on Sunday that Catholic priests should be allowed to marry, even those who are gay.

“That’s the only solution there,” Duterte said in the local dialect during a distribution of cash grants in Cebu.

“Even the gay ones, allow them to marry, same sex marriage. I am in favor of that para matapos na. Matapos na ang problema,” he said but did not specify on what problem it alluded to and what it would actually solve.

Coincidentally, the President made the remarks on the same day that Pope Francis declared an “all-out battle” on “abominable” abuse crimes involving the clergy at the end of an unprecedented Vatican summit.

The summit was announced in September by the Argentine pontiff when the Church was facing abuse-related scandals right and left and across multiple continents which further scraped his leadership and the Church’s credibility.

In previous interviews, Duterte claimed about 90 percent of Catholic priests are gay, but did not provide any concrete proof then to back his claim.

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Afraid of resignation call? NYC chief Ronald Cardema clarifies request after getting flak on social media

Afraid of resignation call? NYC chief Ronald Cardema clarifies request after getting flak on social media

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  • National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairman Ronald Cardema is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to make an order on withdrawing government scholarship on students suspected of having connections to the leftist movement
  • He claimed it was their “duty” to “strengthen” the country and “identify/fight” for those who tried to “crush” the Philippines
  • He also claimed that there was an incident where students were allegedly caught as armed rebels fighting against government forces

Ronald Cardema, Chairman of the National Youth Commission (NYC), asked President Rodrigo Duterte to make an order on withdrawing government scholarship of students suspected having a connection to the leftist movement.

On February 19, Tuesday, Cardema specified students who were related with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front (NDF). That is why he asked Pres. Duterte to issue an executive order removing the support of “all rebellious anti-government scholars.”

He also claimed that there was an incident where students were allegedly caught as armed rebels fighting against government forces.

“The Filipino people formed the government to govern, to regulate, to discipline, to collect taxes, and to allocate the Filipino people’s funds into government scholarships & programs. Fighting the government means fighting the majority of the Filipino people,” he said.

Cardema also ordered the officials of the Sanggunian Kabataan (SK), Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), and Citizen Army Training (CAT) to report “rebellious anti-government scholars” to the NYC.

He claimed it was their “duty” to “strengthen” the country and “identify/fight” for those who tried to “crush” the Philippines.

“I am directing all pro-government youth leaders of our country…& fellow nationalistic student leaders & youth org leaders in schools & communities, to report…all youth leaders & government scholars who are known in your area as anti-government youth leaders allied with the leftist CPP-NPA-NDF,” he said.

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Youth commissioner clarifies

NYC Chairman Ronald Cardema drew flak after asking President Rodrigo Duterte to sign an executive order revoking scholarships for anti-government students, specifically those allied with the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front.

“Remove the government scholarships of anti-government scholars na nagrerebelde na, never did I say na… all street protesters will be removed from their scholarship,” Cardema told reporters.

This was big deal to Cardema as the leader of the Duterte’s Youth movement. Before his appointment to the NYC, he fight against ‘leftist youth groups.’ Once again, he is calling for the coordinated action against leftist groups.

But then, university students and professors had spoken out against previous efforts that linked educational institutions to leftist groups, saying it was a “baseless accusation.”

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