By: Darryl John Esguerra – Reporter INQUIRER dot net
July 18, 2019
MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Thursday hoped for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s speedy recovery after the presidential daughter bared she is suffering from a medical condition that would keep her from attending the fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.
“We can only pray for her safety and recovery from whatever illness that she is presently suffering. Kung meron mang sakit, we will have to pray for her kung ano mang medical condition,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing
Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday evening said she will skip he father’s fourth Sona on Monday, July 22, as she is currently on “special medical leave for 60 days.”
“It’s a gyne (gynecological) condition,” she told INQUIRER.net in a text message without elaborating. /jpv
PNP-CIDG files sedition case vs Robredo, 35 others over ‘Totoong Narcolist’ video
By: Tetch Torres-Tupas – Reporter INQUIRER dot net
July 18, 2019
MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on Thursday filed Sedition and other complaints against Vice President Leni Robredo and 35 other individuals, including incumbent and former senators and priests after they were tagged in the release of the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.
“I have the honor to submit herewith and requesting appropriate action…the pertinent records of investigation relative to the criminal complaint for Sedition, inciting to Sedition, Cyber Liber, Libel, Estafa, Harboring a Criminal and Obstruction of Justice,” read the PNP-CIDG’s letter-complaint submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Aside from Robredo, named in the complaint are incumbent opposition senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, former senators Bam Aquino and Antonio Trillanes and members of the Otso Diretcho slate namely lawyers Chel Diokno, Romulo Macalintal, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Samira Gutoc, and former lawmakers Erin Tañada and Gary Alejano.
Likewise included in the complaint are former Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas and incumbent CBCP Vice President Archbishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, running priest Fr. Robert Reyes, Frs. Flaviano Villanueva, Albert E. Alejo, Bishops Honesto Ongtioco and Teodoro Bacani Jr.
Others named in the complaint are incumbent national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Domingo Egon Cayosa, former IBP president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo, human rights lawyer Atty. Theodore Te, Yolanda Villanueva Ong, former education secretary Armin A. Luistro, Boom Enriquez, Vicente Romano III, Danilo Songco, Joel Saracho, former police officer Eduardo Acierto, a certain Atty. Chito, Atty. Serafin Salvador and Carmelita Salvador.
Peter Joemel Advincula, alias “Bikoy,” the narrator in the video was included as respondent in the complaint but the CIDG said he may eventually turn state witness depending on the prosecution panel’s discretion.
Advincula appeared at the IBP office last May and admitted that he is the hooded narrator in the video.
The six-part video series, which was uploaded in various social media platforms linked the family of President Rodrigo Duterte and his close allies to the illegal drugs trade.
Advincula eventually recanted his testimony and said the video was part of a certain “Project Sodoma,” aimed at discrediting Duterte and destabilize the government.
The “Project”, supposedly planned as early as August 2018, likewise sought to allegedly discredit midterm election candidates of the administration-backed Hugpong ng Pagbabago.
By: Tetch Torres-Tupas – Reporter INQUIRER dot net
Ang kabataan ang kinabukasan ng ating bayan pero sa ngayon maraming wala pa sa tamang edad sa pagboto (18 taong gulang) nakakakuha na ng malubhang sakit na dadalhin nila habang buhay. Anyare? Papaano nasapian ng grabeng sakuna ang ating mga lalaking kababayan? Lalake sa lalaking pagtatalik ang madalas na sanhi. Yung iba tumatanggap ng kabayaran para magbigay ng panangdalang aliw. Ang karampot na halaga ay nagdudulot ng habang buhay na sakit ng katawan at gastos. Bakit walang nagsisisigaw upang malaman ng maraming tao ang problemang ito?
HIV/AIDS infection in the Philippines might be low but growing. The estimated incidence of HIV/AIDS in the country remains under 0.1% of the total population in 2015. The Philippines has one of the lowest rates of infection, yet has one of the fastest growing number of cases worldwide. The Philippines is one of seven countries with growth in number of cases of over 25%, from 2001 to 2009.
Cases are concentrated among men who have sex with men. HIV cases among men having sex with men multiplied over 10 times since 2010. HIV cases are getting younger.
The first case of HIV infection in the Philippines was reported in January 1984.
Philippines posts 100 new HIV cases
Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star)
July 15, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — At least a hundred more people have been tested positive for HIV or human immunodeficiency virus, which they acquired through paid sex, the Department of Health (DOH) reported over the weekend.
Data from the HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines showed there were 114 new HIV infections recorded in April as a result of “transactional sex.”
Of the figure, 98 percent or 112 of those who acquired the virus due to paid sex were males aged 17 to 62 years old.
All of the 52 cases of those who paid for sex and acquired HIV were males.
The DOH said 42 of those who accepted payment for sex were males and only one was female.
Except for one, all of the 19 who engaged in both activities were males.
According to the DOH report, transactional sex accounted for 14 percent of the newly diagnosed cases in April.
People who engage in transactional sex are those who pay for sex, regularly accept payment for sex, or do both.
From January to April, there were 529 cases of people who acquired HIV after engaging in transactional sex.
The new cases brought to 6,596 the total number of people who tested positive for HIV after engaging in paid sex since December 2012.
Last week, the DOH issued the implementing rules and regulations of the new HIV and AIDS Policy Act, which is meant to effectively address the growing HIV epidemic in the country.
The DOH said 36 new HIV infections are recorded daily. Most of the cases belong to 15 to 24 age bracket.
Assuming ABS CBN is not able to secure a franchise renewal to continue operating radio and TV stations, will new media distribution systems enable ABS CBN to remain in the black? Without the powerful Channel 2 on TV and DZMM on radio, can ABS CBN still make a profit on the basis of Facebook (with its live streaming), YouTube, cable TV, foreign distribution and TVplus? It will be a totally different ballgame with the tried and tested business model undergoing drastic change. Mind you, the viewership may migrate with the advent of new technologies, but will the advertisers follow suit. Lessons from the print media show the inability of major international newspapers to adapt to the digital world thus losing profitability with many closing shop.
With the possibility of ABS CBN not getting a franchise renewal from the House of Representatives, the giant radio and TV company may need to seek other sources of revenue for the corporation to survive. No one in his right mind can state that in the short term, without a franchise, ABS CBN can still command the same level of net profits but there are a lot of positives that ABS CBN can utilize to still remain as a giant media corporation.
The number one advantage of ABS CBN is its seemingly endless pool of talents. Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Koko Martin, Sarah Geronimo, Nadine Lustre, Angel Locsin, Kim Chiu, Kathryn Bernando, Daniel Padilla and many others are just the big names in the entertainment department. In the news category, Ted Failon, Noli De Castro, Julius Babao and Anthony Taberna are household names. Maalalala Mo Kaya is a top rated radio program.
With all that talent, ABS CBN must somehow find a venue or platform to reach their Kapamilya fans. Leasing or taking over (in whole or in part) a number of dormant, idle or marginal radio and tv stations may somehow comply with the amount of airtime that the current ABS CBN is consuming everyday. Obviously not all of the current programs can be accommodated from day one but from the management point of view, that situation could actually be a blessing as ABS CBN would be forced to let go of unproductive shows to concentrate on their blockbusters.
The internet is another area where ABS CBN already has a significant presence in Facebook (including FB live streaming), YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. The international market is a huge potential for ABS CBN to explore what with its library of programs that can achieve global distribution.
Realistically, the transition from having a franchise and losing it would be a difficult path to thread but it CAN be done.
ABS-CBN logs 1 M TVplus sales as of May
Richmong Mercurio (The Philippine Star)
July 14, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — More Filipinos continue to shift to digital terrestrial television as media and entertainment giant ABS-CBN Corp. was able to sell another million TVplus units in just a span of nearly five months.
ABS-CBN said one million more Filipinos have embraced digital television as ABS-CBN TVplus, the country’s pioneering digital terrestrial television device, hit the eight million mark in sales this month, four years since launch and a few months after the product pushed past the seven million mark in February.
“ABS-CBN TVplus’ accelerated sales is indicative of how far the country has moved on from analog television and how closer we are to fully transitioning into digital broadcast ahead of the government-mandated deadline of 2023,” ABS-CBN Access head Charles Lim said.ADVERTISING
Kantar Media’s establishment survey results in August last year showed a marked increase in digital television ownership in non-cabled homes across the country, with the number rising to 72 percent from 55 percent in the same month in 2017 in Metro Manila.
Digital television ownership in Mega Manila in non-cabled homes in Mega Manila also rose to 65 percent from 44 percent year on year, while also soaring to 57 percent from 33 percent in the suburbs.
INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said on Sunday, July 7, he has “high hopes” with the “young and dynamic” newly elected local government officials who are facing challenges in their leadership, but were also the face of change in the political landscape.
Ano in particular commended Manila Mayor Francisco Moreno for hitting the ground running and for showing strong political will in addressing the various problems of the country’s capital city such as the street vendors particularly in Divisoria and other major streets which causes heavy traffic, waste-management and clearing of water-ways which causes flood and illegal-gambling.
“Manila is the showcase of the Philippines. It is the first place foreigners see when they come to our country, so I’m pleased that in the first weeks of his administration, Mayor Isko has already shown that the challenges of the city are not insurmountable and can be addressed with political will and commitment,” he said.
Ano said he challenged Moreno to sustain the said programs throughout his leadership especially the clearing of informal settlers in the esteros and other danger zones of the city.
“The City Government’s cooperation in the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program is crucial because some of the most heavily polluted waterways are in the City of Manila so we look forward to working with him closely in order to return Manila Bay to its pristine beauty as directed by President Duterte,” he said.
“We hope that the actions of Mayor Isko will inspire other Local Chief Executives in other parts of the country to follow his example and to similarly show decisive leadership in bringing about change in their communities because that is what the people expect,” he added.
Ano also cited Mayor Vico Sotto of Pasig, Mayor Abby Binay of Makati, and other young local chief executives who are also doing well in their first 100 days in the job.
He however ensured them that the DILG will support and guide the local government officials in every step of the way.
Ano again reminded newly elected government officials to attend the 2019 Newly Elected Officials program for LGUs (NEO) which starts on Monday for Provincial Governors with separate schedules for mayors and councilors.
“We will help them craft their first 100 days agenda or refine their executive agenda and align these with national programs,” he said.
“All our Local Chief Executives nationwide can count on our support in improving your communities especially in peace and order, the war against illegal drugs, and in stamping out illegal activities in your respective jurisdictions,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)
Lacson, Pulong, Pimentel (2 times) and Mike Defensor take turns in undermining Cayetano
One week before Senator Manny Pacquiao enters a real boxing ring, there is a lot of pre-fight sparring that Congressman Alan Pater Cayetano is getting into. It all started with an endorsement by President Duterte of his 2016 vice presidential running mate (who lost), former Senator and Foreign Affairs Secretary and now Taguig Representative to become the next Speaker of the House in a term sharing agreement with Cong Lord Alan Velasco of Marinduque. The Duterte announcement sent shock waves in the House Administration super majority since Velasco and Leyte Congressman Martin Romualdez are reputed to have more votes committed to them already. The situation was further muddled when Presidential son and Davao Congressman Paolo Duterte threw his hat in the House Speaker ring. To avoid a possible backlash brought about by a Duterte President and House Speaker, Presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Inday Sara floated the name of Cong Ungab of Davao to be the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago standard bearer.
There was temporary calm and acceptance of the Presidential anointment of Cayetano until party list Congressman Mike Defensor displayed a vote for your choice text message allegedly from Sara Duterte (which she denied). Mike identified the sender only as a neophyte Congressman from Davao. Pulong, as Paolo Duterte is called, revealed that there could be a surprise move or coup in the forthcoming election for House Speaker meaning pro Administration representatives may vote against the candidate of the President (Cayetano). Senator Panfilo Lacson put in his two cents worth against the proposal of Congressman Cayetano to extend the terms and/or term limits of Representatives and Senators. Senator Koko Pimentel confirmed the possibility of sudden changes in leadership both in the Lower House and in the Senate at any time, meaning Cayetano could win as House Speaker but still lose the position even before his fifteen months of term sharing are over.
ANALYSIS: Considering that Cong Alan Cayetano is a presumed contender to run for President or Vice President in 2022 and the position of House Speaker should enhance his chances for electoral victory to possibly succeed President Duterte, Cong Alan is being given a rough time (by his possible future opponents?). Political parties, groups and blocs all have their eyes on 2022 and the 2019 House Speaker race is a good indicator of strength and testing ground for horse trading, credit grabbing, back stabbing and alliance building. The road to Malacanang starts in the Lower House which is the reason why senators (Lacson, Pimentel) are weighing in on the chance to make a President, to break an aspiring President, or to become President (or Vice President). Outside Congress (Senate and House of Representatives), far away from Imperial Manila, Mayor Inday Sara of the now powerful Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (with nine elected senators in 2019) has shown her political prowess first with the removal of House Speaker Alvarez in 2018, and then with her orchestration of the 2019 senatorial contest. As long as the current Administration continues with its high popularity and acceptance ratings, the Duterte brand would still hold the position of the country’s Chief Executive after the term of Tatay Digong ends.