1) DAR Abusive Director Cleon Lester Chavez 2) Senator Bato Outburst 3) DAR Anniversary

ABUSIVE DAR Director (nagwala, nagsisigaw, nagmura, nanuntok at nanira ng government property)

Pangulong Duterte, kahiyahiya po ang inyong ALTER EGO na DAR Director na Presidential Appointee sa ginawang PAGWAWALA, PANINIGAW, PAGMUMURA, PANUNUNTOK at PAGSIRA ng GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. Dapat FIRED on the spot, SUMMARY DISMISSAL at PERPETUAL BAN on holding public office.

NAGWALA, NAGSISIGAW, NAGMURA, NANUNTOK AT NANIRA NG GOVERNMENT PROPERTY SI DAR DIRECTOR

SIX MONTHS after – still UNREPENTANT and UNPUNISHED

Marami ang bilib kay Pangulong Duterte sapagkat napapatino niya ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan. Lingid sa kaniyang kaalaman, isang Presidential Appointee na mismong si Pangulong Duterte ang nagtalaga sa Department of Agrarian Reform, ay nagpamalas ng hindi kanaisnais na pagkilos para sa isang government official. Ilang buwan na ang nakakalipas at hindi pa rin napaparusahan ang Director ng DAR Press and Media Relations Office na tila malakas ang kapit sa nasabing departamento ng pamahalaan.

Kung filing clerk o office secretary siguro ang nakagawa ng pagwawala, paninigaw, pagmumura, panununtok at pagsira ng pagaari ng gobyerno ay mabilis na siguro nabigyan ng katarungan at nalapatan ng kaukulang kaparusahan. Pero dahil Presidential Appointee nga ay TAKOT ang mismong departamento niyang pitikin man lang ang nakagawa ng kahihiyan. Tanging Pangulo lang daw ang makakatanggal sa kaniya sa pwesto NGUNIT hindi naman nagpapadala ng incident report at recommendation for disciplinary action ang DAR sa Malacanang. Sa madaling salita, delaying tactics ang paraan na ginagamit ng DAR at umaasa sila na sa tagal ng panahon ay magkakalimutan na lang.

Diba pinagyayabang ni Tatay Digong na sa Davao mabilis ang aksyon sa mga reklamo. Tatlong araw lang daw ang dapat para sa mga pangkaraniwang suliranin. Eh bakit sa DAR, anim na buwan na hindi pa kumikilos para mabigyan na ng kaparusahan ang nagkasala. Exempted ba ang DAR sa mga utos ng Presidente? Diba ang DAR ay nasa ilalim ng Executive Department na pinamumunuan ng Pangulo?

Mataas ang popularity rating ng ating Pangulo ngunit ang isang ALTER EGO niya ay nagkakalat ng lagim sa pamamaraan ng maling pagkilos na naghahasik ng takot sa mga nasa ilalim niya sa opisina ng DAR. Kung hahayang makalusot ang nagkasala, anong klaseng halimbawa ang pinapakita natin sa buong Departamento, na okay lang ang mambastos at hindi magpakita ng paggalang sa kapwa tao? Ginoong Pangula manawari ay makarating sa inyo itong pangyayaring ito na pilit itinatago at nililihim sa inyo. Gaya ng nga sabi sa DAR, kayo lang po ang may kapangyarihang iatras ang napirmahan ninyong appointment sa tiwaling Director na ito. Dapat FIRED on the SPOT, SUMMARY DISMISSAL from government service and PERPETUAL DISQUALIFICATION to hold public office.

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Mr. President – Please look into the ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR, GRAVE COERCION and DESTRUCTION of GOVERNMENT PROPERTY of your Presidential Appointee at the Department of Agrarian Reform main office with the name of Cleon Lester Chavez, Director of the DAR Press and Media Relations Office. Last February 11, 2019, said political appointee lost his temper, shouted at the top of his voice, mouthed bad words, punched a number of times the person he was berating (the person moved back and avoided being hit). The Director then punched the wall leading to his office which produced a hole. The Office of the Secretary of DAR has not released any judgement in this case six months after the dastardly act. The Director has remained unrepentant and unpunished up to this time. Thank you.

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This year is the 31 anniversary of the Department of Agrarian Reform. President Duterte is scheduled to grace the celebration at the DAR main office. It will be recalled that the President took potshots at DAR in a number of his speeches taking the Department to task for allegations of GRAFT and CORRUPTION as well as the slow pace in the distribution of farm lands to farmers. Unfortunately, he merely alluded about DAR shenanigans without actually naming a single DAR official that he repeatedly said would be fired but he never made good his threats. At one point, the President advised the unnamed officials to resign so as to spare the President the task of removing them from public office.

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Bato scolds NUSP president for mentioning Sanchez during ROTC probe
Rosette Adel (Philstar) – August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Thursday got furious after a member of the National Union of Students of the Philippines mentioned his stance on the looming release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez during a Senate public hearing into the revival of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

Student leader, Dela Rosa clash

NUSP member Raoul Manuel, a resource person on the hearing into the proposed mandatory ROTC bill, said it would be hard to uphold law enforcement and rights awareness if there is a senator who believes that “it is okay” to release a rapist and murderer like Sanchez.

The student group leader also mentioned the drug suspects killed in Oplan Tokhang, formerly initiated Dela Rosa, when he was the Philippine National Police chief.

Manuel did not name Dela Rosa during the hearing but he was referring to the senator who mentioned in a television interview that Sanchez “deserves a second chance.”

The Department of Justice early this week said Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna would likely walk free because of a reduced prison term for good behavior while incarcerated.

Dela Rosa on Wednesday sided with the possible release of Sanchez.

After Manuel’s remark, Dela Rosa then lost his cool and chided the student leader for mentioning an unrelated matter to the hearing that discusses ROTC.

“Ang layo naman ng sinasabi mo. Kasama ba yan sa hearing yung comment na yun? Ang layo naman. That’s an affront,” Dela Rosa said.

(What you are saying is unrelated. Is that comment included in the hearing? That’s unrelated.)

Dela Rosa deemed Manuel’s remarks as a “personal attack” against him.

Sen. Pia Cayetano also said Manuel could’ve used another venue to air his reaction against Dela Rosa.

After the hearing, Dela Rosa explained that he was “insulted” over Manuel’s remarks which he said was “unrelated” and irrelevant to the topic.

For his part, Manuel apologized to the committee. He said he “just relayed the students’ sentiments.”

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POLL SURVEY – Rapist murderer Mayor Sanchez for release. Vote for your choice and be counted. Maraming salamat po. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.

Mayor Sanchez POLL. Bulukin? Palayain?  Mga kaDDS, ano po ang say ninyo tungkol sa pagpapalaya sa MANGGAGAHASANG MAMAMATAY taong si Sanchez na nahulihan pa ng MARIJUANA at SHABU habang nakakulong? Attendance po tayo. Nasaan kayo? Taga saan kayo?

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Injustices Galore – 1) Rapist Murderer Sanchez 2) DAR Abusive Director

ABUSIVE DAR Director (nagwala, nagsisigaw, nagmura, nanuntok at nanira ng government property)

Pangulong Duterte, kahiyahiya po ang inyong ALTER EGO na DAR Director na Presidential Appointee sa ginawang PAGWAWALA, PANINIGAW, PAGMUMURA, PANUNUNTOK at PAGSIRA ng GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. Dapat FIRED on the spot, SUMMARY DISMISSAL at PERPETUAL BAN on holding public office.

NAGWALA, NAGSISIGAW, NAGMURA, NANUNTOK AT NANIRA NG GOVERNMENT PROPERTY SI DAR DIRECTOR

SIX MONTHS after – still UNREPENTANT and UNPUNISHED

Marami ang bilib kay Pangulong Duterte sapagkat napapatino niya ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan. Lingid sa kaniyang kaalaman, isang Presidential Appointee na mismong si Pangulong Duterte ang nagtalaga sa Department of Agrarian Reform, ay nagpamalas ng hindi kanaisnais na pagkilos para sa isang government official. Ilang buwan na ang nakakalipas at hindi pa rin napaparusahan ang Director ng DAR Press and Media Relations Office na tila malakas ang kapit sa nasabing departamento ng pamahalaan.

Kung filing clerk o office secretary siguro ang nakagawa ng pagwawala, paninigaw, pagmumura, panununtok at pagsira ng pagaari ng gobyerno ay mabilis na siguro nabigyan ng katarungan at nalapatan ng kaukulang kaparusahan. Pero dahil Presidential Appointee nga ay TAKOT ang mismong departamento niyang pitikin man lang ang nakagawa ng kahihiyan. Tanging Pangulo lang daw ang makakatanggal sa kaniya sa pwesto NGUNIT hindi naman nagpapadala ng incident report at recommendation for disciplinary action ang DAR sa Malacanang. Sa madaling salita, delaying tactics ang paraan na ginagamit ng DAR at umaasa sila na sa tagal ng panahon ay magkakalimutan na lang.

Diba pinagyayabang ni Tatay Digong na sa Davao mabilis ang aksyon sa mga reklamo. Tatlong araw lang daw ang dapat para sa mga pangkaraniwang suliranin. Eh bakit sa DAR, anim na buwan na hindi pa kumikilos para mabigyan na ng kaparusahan ang nagkasala. Exempted ba ang DAR sa mga utos ng Presidente? Diba ang DAR ay nasa ilalim ng Executive Department na pinamumunuan ng Pangulo?

Mataas ang popularity rating ng ating Pangulo ngunit ang isang ALTER EGO niya ay nagkakalat ng lagim sa pamamaraan ng maling pagkilos na naghahasik ng takot sa mga nasa ilalim niya sa opisina ng DAR. Kung hahayang makalusot ang nagkasala, anong klaseng halimbawa ang pinapakita natin sa buong Departamento, na okay lang ang mambastos at hindi magpakita ng paggalang sa kapwa tao? Ginoong Pangula manawari ay makarating sa inyo itong pangyayaring ito na pilit itinatago at nililihim sa inyo. Gaya ng nga sabi sa DAR, kayo lang po ang may kapangyarihang iatras ang napirmahan ninyong appointment sa tiwaling Director na ito. Dapat FIRED on the SPOT, SUMMARY DISMISSAL from government service and PERPETUAL DISQUALIFICATION to hold public office.

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Mr. President – Please look into the ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR, GRAVE COERCION and DESTRUCTION of GOVERNMENT PROPERTY of your Presidential Appointee at the Department of Agrarian Reform main office with the name of Cleon Lester Chavez, Director of the DAR Press and Media Relations Office. Last February 11, 2019, said political appointee lost his temper, shouted at the top of his voice, mouthed bad words, punched a number of times the person he was berating (the person moved back and avoided being hit). The Director then punched the wall leading to his office which produced a hole. The Office of the Secretary of DAR has not released any judgement in this case six months after the dastardly act. The Director has remained unrepentant and unpunished up to this time. Thank you.

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Early Sanchez release sparks fear, anguish

By: Cathy Cañares Yamsuan, Maricar Cinco – Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 22, 2019

Antonio Sanche

Fear, disbelief and painful emotions gripped the family of murder victim Allan Gomez when media reports came out that the man responsible for his death and the rape-slay of his college sweetheart 26 years ago might soon walk out of prison.

“It’s like my heart is being crushed,” OJ Gomez told the Inquirer in an online interview on Wednesday.

In one of the heinous crimes that shocked the nation in the 1990s, Allan and Eileen Sarmenta were abducted by Sanchez’s aides, who presented the girl as a “gift” to the mayor. Sanchez raped Sarmenta and then his aides took turns in abusing her after they shot Allan dead. They also later shot Sarmenta in the head with an Armalite rifle.

Sanchez, now 73, and six of his aides were each sentenced to seven 40-year prison terms by then Pasig Regional Trial Court Judge Harriet Demetriou.

“We are all fearing for our lives. I also fear for the town of Calauan and their townspeople,” OJ said. “We are trying to move on but we do remember them [Allan and Eileen] always.”

Pain, anguish back

Sarmenta’s mother, Clara, said in a television interview that all the pain and anguish she felt right after her daughter’s brutal killing came rushing back after learning about Sanchez’s impending release.

“Being the mother of the victim, I cried and I was deeply saddened. All the pain that I felt during the trial came back,” she said in Filipino, her voice cracking.

Clara also said the victims’ families were not interested in whatever they could collect from Sanchez in damages.

She said her family hasn’t consulted their lawyer but that they intended to appeal Sanchez’s release with the Board of Pardons and Parole.

The possible return of Sanchez to Calauan, a second-class municipality popular for its pineapples, also worried its current mayor, George Berris.

“It will create fear not only among residents of Calauan but also in UPLB,” Berris said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

He said Sanchez still enjoyed support from about 8,000 “loyalists” from the former mayor’s home village of Kanluran.

In the May elections, Sanchez’s eldest son, Dong, ran but lost to Berris. Another son, Allan, also lost in the race for vice mayor, but his daughter, Amty, won a seat in the municipal council.

Calls to Dong Sanchez’s phone for comment were unanswered.

Good conduct

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday said Sanchez, as well as thousands of other convicts, might soon be released under a 2013 law that credited good conduct during imprisonment.

On Wednesday, he said there was no need for anyone, like former Sanchez lawyer and now presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, to seek the former mayor’s release under Republic Act No. 10592. 

Lawyer Filemon Nolasco, who represented the Gomez family at Sanchez’s trial, urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to take the gruesomeness of the crime into consideration before it proceeds with Sanchez’s release.

“We are trying to determine whether there is basis for granting [Sanchez] whatever the DOJ secretary said is entitled to him. But I think, we have to study this carefully. This was not an ordinary crime or an ordinary case. We ask that the DOJ review the case,” Nolasco said.

He said the Gomez family was willing to forgive Sanchez but they still could not because of the former mayor’s continuous refusal to admit his guilt.

Unacceptable to family

“How do you forgive a person who still insists he is not guilty? He is even saying that he had nothing to do with the case. That’s something that the family could not accept,” Nolasco said in a phone interview.

Guevarra on Wednesday said he had “no reason to believe that the intervention of any person, including Secretary Panelo, will be necessary” in freeing any prisoner under the rules set by the 2013 law.

Panelo also doused speculations that he may have had a hand in Sanchez’s impending release, saying he left his client’s legal team even before the former mayor appealed his conviction.

“I wish him well,” he said of Sanchez in a phone interview with reporters. Lawyers whose clients will be given a new life after their release will be happy, he added.

Guevarra said the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) recomputed all the prisoners’ good conduct time allowance (GCTA) beginning with those who were sentenced in 1993, after the Supreme Court ordered last June to apply the law even to those who were convicted before it was passed in 2013.

The law expanded the application of GCTA to reduce a convict’s prison term.

‘Law, not Duterte, freed them’

BuCor Director Nicanor Faeldon said around 200 prisoners would be released per day, according to Guevarra.

“If they are released because they have served their reduced sentence, that’s for good. The reduced sentence is a reward for good conduct, not for any other reason,” he added.

Guevarra said he hoped the public would understand that “it’s the law and the Supreme Court ruling that freed them, and not President Rodrigo Duterte” nor even him as secretary of justice.

In a unanimous decision penned by Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta on June 25, the Supreme Court ordered the retroactive application of the grant of GCTA for prisoners who showed good conduct, rendered study, teaching and mentoring service, and who showed loyalty.

Not an executive clemency

There is no requirement to publish or notify anyone about the impending release of the prisoners “because this is not a case of executive clemency; this is a case of sentence duly served,” Guevarra said.

Under RA 10592, all prisoners, including those under preventive imprisonment may qualify for the reduction of their sentences.

Passed on May 29, 2013, the law increased the number of days that may be credited for GCTA, and allowed the additional deduction of 15 days for each month of study, teaching, or mentoring service.

49 years already ‘served’ 

It also expanded the special time allowance for loyalty and made it applicable even during preventive imprisonment.

The original implementing rules and regulations issued on March 26, 2014 ordered the prospective application of GCTA.

BuCor spokesperson Eusebio “Sonny” del Rosario Jr. said applying the GCTA on Sanchez showed he had already served more than 40 years in prison.

“Under the old law, he already served 26 years in prison. But with the recomputation under the new GCTA law, he already served 49 years, which already exceeded his 40-year sentence. He’s already allowed to be released,” he told the Inquirer.

Del Rosario, however, said Sanchez had to wait in line, as the bureau was following a “first in, first out” policy.

He said Sanchez was aware that he could be walking out of prison soon and that the convict was doing well inside New Bilibid Prison’s maximum security compound.

—With reports for Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Leila B. Salaverria, Dexter Cabalz and Inquirer Research

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Antonio Sanchez was convicted of 2 other murders

By: Tetch Torres-Tupas – INQUIRER
August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Before Eileen Sarmenta was raped and killed and Allan Gomez was tortured and shot to death, Antonio Sanchez, then mayor of Calauan town in Laguna, was already being tried for two counts of murder.

On April 13, 1991, father and son Nelson and Rickson Peñalosa were shot to death by the mayor’s henchmen. Nelson was then a political leader and supporter of Sanchez’s political opponent.

The case was tried by Branch 160 of the Pasig Regional Trial Court, which rendered its verdict in 1996.

A year before that, Branch 70, also of the Pasig RTC, had already convicted Sanchez for the rape and murder of Sarmenta and the murder of Gomez.

Both rulings of the two lower courts were affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1999 — the Peñalosa slay case by its First Division through Associate Justice Bernardo Pardo and the Sarmenta-Gomez rape-slay case also by its First Division through Associate Justice Alicia Austria-Martinez.

All in all, the former mayor was convicted of nine reclusion perpetua, which means imprisonment of up to 40 years.

There are also reports that in 2006, a complaint was filed against Sanchez after he was found in possession of marijuana.

Four years later, he was again in the news after P1.5 million worth of shabu was discovered stashed in one of the Virgin Mary statues inside his cell in the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison.

After five years, during another raid inside the Maximum Security Compound, authorities seized from the former mayor’s cell a flat-screen television, an air conditioner, and a refrigerator.

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Mining and logging industries AT PEACE with Gina Lopez DEMISE

The death of environment warrior Gina Lopez has elicited praise and admiration for her passion in her fight to protect Mother Nature. Even Congressional personalities, both Senators and Representatives, sing to the high heavens about her stint as Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary, when she held big business by the balls, enforcing laws, policies, rules and regulations that would have meant the closure of erring, and there were many, mining and logging companies. Few , if any, among the lawmakers mentioned how the Commission of Appointments, which they manned dealt the death blow to her short, but spectacular, stint in public office.

If she had not been infirm, she could have run for senator in the recently concluded midterm elections and may have won and taken her seat in the Senate as a nationally elected official whose stay in office would not be subject to the whims of an appointing power or the Commission on Appointments. Then 2022 could have propelled  her to higher office or the next President could appoint her back the the DENR (again to face the Commission of Appointments).

Alas, fate had to intervene to snuff the life of a dedicated and effective former Secretary when there are hundreds of corrupt officials who should have departed the world in her place.

So it is business as usual for the companies that denude our forests, flatten our mountains and poison our air and water. The drive for corporate profit continues at the expense of our future but there would no longer be a Gina Lopez to speak for us so we might as well get used to the idea that we have to fend off for ourselves.

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1) House that REJECTED Gina shedding CROCODILE TEARS for her 2) Abusive DAR Director Investigated

Malacanang INVESTIGATES ABUSIVE DAR Director (nagwala, nagsisigaw, nagmura, nanuntok at nanira ng government property)
Pangulong Duterte, kahiyahiya po ang inyong ALTER EGO na DAR Director na Presidential Appointee sa ginawang PAGWAWALA, PANINIGAW, PAGMUMURA, PANUNUNTOK at PAGSIRA ng GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. Dapat FIRED on the spot, SUMMARY DISMISSAL at PERPETUAL BAN on holding public office.

NAGWALA, NAGSISIGAW, NAGMURA, NANUNTOK AT NANIRA NG GOVERNMENT PROPERTY SI DAR DIRECTOR

SIX MONTHS after – still UNREPENTANT and UNPUNISHED

Marami ang bilib kay Pangulong Duterte sapagkat napapatino niya ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan. Lingid sa kaniyang kaalaman, isang Presidential Appointee na mismong si Pangulong Duterte ang nagtalaga sa Department of Agrarian Reform, ay nagpamalas ng hindi kanaisnais na pagkilos para sa isang government official. Ilang buwan na ang nakakalipas at hindi pa rin napaparusahan ang Director ng DAR Press and Media Relations Office na tila malakas ang kapit sa nasabing departamento ng pamahalaan.

Kung filing clerk o office secretary siguro ang nakagawa ng pagwawala, paninigaw, pagmumura, panununtok at pagsira ng pagaari ng gobyerno ay mabilis na siguro nabigyan ng katarungan at nalapatan ng kaukulang kaparusahan. Pero dahil Presidential Appointee nga ay TAKOT ang mismong departamento niyang pitikin man lang ang nakagawa ng kahihiyan. Tanging Pangulo lang daw ang makakatanggal sa kaniya sa pwesto NGUNIT hindi naman nagpapadala ng incident report at recommendation for disciplinary action ang DAR sa Malacanang. Sa madaling salita, delaying tactics ang paraan na ginagamit ng DAR at umaasa sila na sa tagal ng panahon ay magkakalimutan na lang.

Diba pinagyayabang ni Tatay Digong na sa Davao mabilis ang aksyon sa mga reklamo. Tatlong araw lang daw ang dapat para sa mga pangkaraniwang suliranin. Eh bakit sa DAR, anim na buwan na hindi pa kumikilos para mabigyan na ng kaparusahan ang nagkasala. Exempted ba ang DAR sa mga utos ng Presidente? Diba ang DAR ay nasa ilalim ng Executive Department na pinamumunuan ng Pangulo?

Mataas ang popularity rating ng ating Pangulo ngunit ang isang ALTER EGO niya ay nagkakalat ng lagim sa pamamaraan ng maling pagkilos na naghahasik ng takot sa mga nasa ilalim niya sa opisina ng DAR. Kung hahayang makalusot ang nagkasala, anong klaseng halimbawa ang pinapakita natin sa buong Departamento, na okay lang ang mambastos at hindi magpakita ng paggalang sa kapwa tao? Ginoong Pangula manawari ay makarating sa inyo itong pangyayaring ito na pilit itinatago at nililihim sa inyo. Gaya ng nga sabi sa DAR, kayo lang po ang may kapangyarihang iatras ang napirmahan ninyong appointment sa tiwaling Director na ito. Dapat FIRED on the SPOT, SUMMARY DISMISSAL from government service and PERPETUAL DISQUALIFICATION to hold public office.

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Mr. President – Please look into the ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR, GRAVE COERCION and DESTRUCTION of GOVERNMENT PROPERTY of your Presidential Appointee at the Department of Agrarian Reform main office with the name of Cleon Lester Chavez, Director of the DAR Press and Media Relations Office. Last February 11, 2019, said political appointee lost his temper, shouted at the top of his voice, mouthed bad words, punched a number of times the person he was berating (the person moved back and avoided being hit). The Director then punched the wall leading to his office which produced a hole. The Office of the Secretary of DAR has not released any judgement in this case six months after the dastardly act. The Director has remained unrepentant and unpunished up to this time. Thank you.

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With supreme irony and crooked tongues plus a heavy dose of DEDMA (fake amnesia), members of the House of Representatives paid tribute to Gina Lopez, once the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary appointed by President Duterte but was REJECTED three times by the Commission on Appointments composed of twenty four members (senators and congressmen have twelve members each). In the third and final voting the CA had 15 votes against her while nine voted for her. Significantly, 11 out of the 12 CA members from the House REJECTED and THRASHED her chance of being confirmed. Under new rules, the President of the Philippines can no longer resort to repeated reappointment of a candidate after being bypassed for three times. Both Congressional chambers, the Senate and the House, are considered bulwarks of vested and big business interests. A powerful and well funded lobby of the mining and logging industries had to move heaven and earth to remove Gina Lopez from the DENR as her activist stance sent shivers down the spines of greedy and environmentally destructive corporations out to make a fast buck to the detriment of the current and future generations by destroying mountains and forests (patagin ang bundok, kalbuhin ang gubat resulting in flash floods and landslides) and poisoning the rivers, the soil and the air.

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Solons remember Gina Lopez’s passion the most

The late former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Gina Lopez left her mark in the hearts of House members through her indomitable passion, based on statements of tribute from legislators Monday.

“We send our condolences to the family and loved ones of former Secretary Gina Lopez,” said Deputy Majority Leader and Camiguin lone district Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo.

“A grateful nation will always remember her for her passionate service in and outside of government,” Romualdo said of Lopez, the longtime chairperson of ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI).

For Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, Lopez was a “rare breed of a public servant,” one that the nation would sorely miss.

“The country lost a true defender of the environment,” he said.

“Her love for our country and passion to protect Mother Earth and her ways in doing it as well as being vocal about it is a manifestation of her character as a maverick in her advocacies. A rare breed of a public servant and a Filipina,” Barbers noted.

Quezon City 2nd district Rep. Precious Hipolito-Castelo echoed her colleagues’ glowing description of the former environment secretary in her own statement.

“We lost a tenacious fighter in protecting our environment–an advocacy she relentlessly pursued to keep Mother Earth better for the next generation,” said the lady solon.

“She taught us to dream the impossible, she let us believe we can fly. We will miss her,” Castelo added.

Lopez, who suffered from brain cancer, died of multiple organ failure on Monday. She was 65.

Her oft-cited passion with her work and her feistiness made her among the “stars” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet.rp HOR

1) Eco warrior Gina Lopez, RIP 2)Palace investigates ABUSIVE DAR Director

Malacanang INVESTIGATES ABUSIVE DAR Director (nagwala, nagsisigaw, nagmura, nanuntok at nanira ng government property)
Pangulong Duterte, kahiyahiya po ang inyong ALTER EGO na DAR Director na Presidential Appointee sa ginawang PAGWAWALA, PANINIGAW, PAGMUMURA, PANUNUNTOK at PAGSIRA ng GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. Dapat FIRED on the spot, SUMMARY DISMISSAL at PERPETUAL BAN on holding public office.

NAGWALA, NAGSISIGAW, NAGMURA, NANUNTOK AT NANIRA NG GOVERNMENT PROPERTY SI DAR DIRECTOR

SIX MONTHS after – still UNREPENTANT and UNPUNISHED

Marami ang bilib kay Pangulong Duterte sapagkat napapatino niya ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan. Lingid sa kaniyang kaalaman, isang Presidential Appointee na mismong si Pangulong Duterte ang nagtalaga sa Department of Agrarian Reform, ay nagpamalas ng hindi kanaisnais na pagkilos para sa isang government official. Ilang buwan na ang nakakalipas at hindi pa rin napaparusahan ang Director ng DAR Press and Media Relations Office na tila malakas ang kapit sa nasabing departamento ng pamahalaan.

Kung filing clerk o office secretary siguro ang nakagawa ng pagwawala, paninigaw, pagmumura, panununtok at pagsira ng pagaari ng gobyerno ay mabilis na siguro nabigyan ng katarungan at nalapatan ng kaukulang kaparusahan. Pero dahil Presidential Appointee nga ay TAKOT ang mismong departamento niyang pitikin man lang ang nakagawa ng kahihiyan. Tanging Pangulo lang daw ang makakatanggal sa kaniya sa pwesto NGUNIT hindi naman nagpapadala ng incident report at recommendation for disciplinary action ang DAR sa Malacanang. Sa madaling salita, delaying tactics ang paraan na ginagamit ng DAR at umaasa sila na sa tagal ng panahon ay magkakalimutan na lang.

Diba pinagyayabang ni Tatay Digong na sa Davao mabilis ang aksyon sa mga reklamo. Tatlong araw lang daw ang dapat para sa mga pangkaraniwang suliranin. Eh bakit sa DAR, anim na buwan na hindi pa kumikilos para mabigyan na ng kaparusahan ang nagkasala. Exempted ba ang DAR sa mga utos ng Presidente? Diba ang DAR ay nasa ilalim ng Executive Department na pinamumunuan ng Pangulo?

Mataas ang popularity rating ng ating Pangulo ngunit ang isang ALTER EGO niya ay nagkakalat ng lagim sa pamamaraan ng maling pagkilos na naghahasik ng takot sa mga nasa ilalim niya sa opisina ng DAR. Kung hahayang makalusot ang nagkasala, anong klaseng halimbawa ang pinapakita natin sa buong Departamento, na okay lang ang mambastos at hindi magpakita ng paggalang sa kapwa tao? Ginoong Pangula manawari ay makarating sa inyo itong pangyayaring ito na pilit itinatago at nililihim sa inyo. Gaya ng nga sabi sa DAR, kayo lang po ang may kapangyarihang iatras ang napirmahan ninyong appointment sa tiwaling Director na ito. Dapat FIRED on the SPOT, SUMMARY DISMISSAL from government service and PERPETUAL DISQUALIFICATION to hold public office.

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Mr. President – Please look into the ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR, GRAVE COERCION and DESTRUCTION of GOVERNMENT PROPERTY of your Presidential Appointee at the Department of Agrarian Reform main office with the name of Cleon Lester Chavez, Director of the DAR Press and Media Relations Office. Last February 11, 2019, said political appointee lost his temper, shouted at the top of his voice, mouthed bad words, punched a number of times the person he was berating (the person moved back and avoided being hit). The Director then punched the wall leading to his office which produced a hole. The Office of the Secretary of DAR has not released any judgement in this case six months after the dastardly act. The Director has remained unrepentant and unpunished up to this time. Thank you.

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Passionate environmentalist Gina Lopez succumbs to cancer
Philstar
August 19, 2019  

MANILA, Philippines — Former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 65.

In a statement, ABS-CBN described her as “the pillar of strength that pushed [ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.] to achieve what seemed to be impossible.”

“Her caring heart and selfless kind of love inspired people within and beyond the organization to help and serve others,” it also said.

Lopez was a long-time chairperson of AFI.

ABS-CBN Corp. chairman Mark Lopez, Gina’s cousin, is quoted in an ABS-CBN report confirming her death as saying “we lost not only a family member but a person we deeply admire and respect.”

Environmentalist in private and public sector

Lopez, an environmentalist, served as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from June 2016 to May 2017.

During her term at the DENR, Lopez ordered the closure of at least 23 mining firms due to alleged environmental violations.

Lopez attended Assumption College and Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Boston. She obtained her master’s degree in development management at the Asian Institute of Management.

She led the corporate social responsibility programs of ABS-CBN Foundation, where she became the managing director.

In 1997, she founded Bantay Bata 163, a local emergency go-to which aims to rescue children from physical and sexual abuse. She also established another flagship program of the foundation, Bantay Kalikasan, which has launched many environmental projects.

The former DENR chief was also chair of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.

She had been an outspoken champion of social and environmental causes in the Philippines, which include the rehabilitation of the Pasig River and nearby urban streams. Her efforts resulted to the cleanup of at least 17 tributaries in the Pasig river system.

Lopez also spearheaded a campaign to save La Mesa watershed, a once-neglected area containing the last remaining rainforest of its size in Metro Manila, which provides potable water to its 12 million residents. Later renamed La Mesa Ecopark in 2004, the area is now a tree-lined park where urban dwellers can hike, fish and ride mountain bikes or horses.

After her stint at the government, Lopez proceeded to host an environmental show titled “G Diaries” on ABS-CBN, which featured destinations throughout the country in a bid to support ecotourism.

Lopez is the daughter of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Eugenio Lopez Jr. and Conchita La’o. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

 

TOP STORIES – DAR Abusive Director, HK Protests, Ellen Adarna John Lloyd

Malacanang INVESTIGATES ABUSIVE DAR Director (nagwala, nagsisigaw, nagmura, nanuntok at nanira ng government property)

Pangulong Duterte, kahiyahiya po ang inyong ALTER EGO na DAR Director na Presidential Appointee sa ginawang PAGWAWALA, PANINIGAW, PAGMUMURA, PANUNUNTOK at PAGSIRA ng GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. Dapat FIRED on the spot, SUMMARY DISMISSAL at PERPETUAL BAN on holding public office.

NAGWALA, NAGSISIGAW, NAGMURA, NANUNTOK AT NANIRA NG GOVERNMENT PROPERTY SI DAR DIRECTOR

SIX MONTHS after – still UNREPENTANT and UNPUNISHED

Marami ang bilib kay Pangulong Duterte sapagkat napapatino niya ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan. Lingid sa kaniyang kaalaman, isang Presidential Appointee na mismong si Pangulong Duterte ang nagtalaga sa Department of Agrarian Reform, ay nagpamalas ng hindi kanaisnais na pagkilos para sa isang government official. Ilang buwan na ang nakakalipas at hindi pa rin napaparusahan ang Director ng DAR Press and Media Relations Office na tila malakas ang kapit sa nasabing departamento ng pamahalaan.

Kung filing clerk o office secretary siguro ang nakagawa ng pagwawala, paninigaw, pagmumura, panununtok at pagsira ng pagaari ng gobyerno ay mabilis na siguro nabigyan ng katarungan at nalapatan ng kaukulang kaparusahan. Pero dahil Presidential Appointee nga ay TAKOT ang mismong departamento niyang pitikin man lang ang nakagawa ng kahihiyan. Tanging Pangulo lang daw ang makakatanggal sa kaniya sa pwesto NGUNIT hindi naman nagpapadala ng incident report at recommendation for disciplinary action ang DAR sa Malacanang. Sa madaling salita, delaying tactics ang paraan na ginagamit ng DAR at umaasa sila na sa tagal ng panahon ay magkakalimutan na lang.

Diba pinagyayabang ni Tatay Digong na sa Davao mabilis ang aksyon sa mga reklamo. Tatlong araw lang daw ang dapat para sa mga pangkaraniwang suliranin. Eh bakit sa DAR, anim na buwan na hindi pa kumikilos para mabigyan na ng kaparusahan ang nagkasala. Exempted ba ang DAR sa mga utos ng Presidente? Diba ang DAR ay nasa ilalim ng Executive Department na pinamumunuan ng Pangulo?

Mataas ang popularity rating ng ating Pangulo ngunit ang isang ALTER EGO niya ay nagkakalat ng lagim sa pamamaraan ng maling pagkilos na naghahasik ng takot sa mga nasa ilalim niya sa opisina ng DAR. Kung hahayang makalusot ang nagkasala, anong klaseng halimbawa ang pinapakita natin sa buong Departamento, na okay lang ang mambastos at hindi magpakita ng paggalang sa kapwa tao? Ginoong Pangula manawari ay makarating sa inyo itong pangyayaring ito na pilit itinatago at nililihim sa inyo. Gaya ng nga sabi sa DAR, kayo lang po ang may kapangyarihang iatras ang napirmahan ninyong appointment sa tiwaling Director na ito. Dapat FIRED on the SPOT, SUMMARY DISMISSAL from government service and PERPETUAL DISQUALIFICATION to hold public office.

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Defiant Hong Kong protesters vow huge rally despite Beijing threats

CNA

18 Aug 2019

Hong Kong protesters are hoping to get out a huge crowd later Sunday (Aug 18) in a bid to show the city’s leaders that their protest movement remains defiant despite increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.

Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the international finance hub into crisis and communist-ruled mainland China has taken an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions “terrorist-like”.

Clashes have broken out between police and hardcore protesters but the movement has won few concessions from Beijing or the city’s unelected leadership.

On Tuesday, protesters blocked passengers from boarding flights at the city’s airport and later assaulted two men they accused of being Chinese spies.

The images damaged a campaign that until then had largely only targeted the police or government institutions, and prompted some soul-searching among protesters.

China’s propaganda apparatus seized on the violence, with state media churning out a deluge of damning articles, pictures and videos.

State media also ran images of military personnel and armored personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, prompting the United States to warn Beijing against sending in troops, which analysts say would be a reputational and economic disaster for China.

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s airport chaos, some protester groups apologized and vowed to hold a huge rally on Sunday.

Billed as a “rational, non-violent” protest, it is being organised by the Civil Human Rights Front, a group that eschews confrontations with police and was the driving force behind record-breaking rallies in June and July that saw hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets.

MARCH BANNED

During smaller protest marches on Saturday – which ended without the kind of large scale clashes that have become so commonplace each weekend – many protesters chanted “See you in Victoria Park!” as they left the streets.

The park has long been used as the staging point for the city’s years of protests and will host Sunday’s demonstration.

Police have given permission for the rally to go ahead but banned a proposed march.

Previous bans in recent weeks have simply been ignored by protesters and have soon led to clashes with riot police.

The protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.

Under a deal signed with Britain, authoritarian China agreed to allow Hong Kong to keep its unique freedoms when it was handed back in 1997.

But many Hong Kongers feel those freedoms are being eroded, especially since China’s hardline president Xi Jinping came to power.

In the last two months millions of people have hit the streets while clashes have broken out between police and small groups of hardcore protesters.

Battles between police firing tear gas and rubber bullets – and hardcore protesters using rocks, Molotov cocktails and slingshots – have since become routine in a city once renowned for its stability.

Beyond suspending the extradition bill, Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam have shown no desire to meet key demands such as an inquiry into police violence, the complete withdrawal of the bill and an amnesty.

But protesters remain unbowed, despite the arrests of more than 700 people and 11 consecutive weekends of rallies that have won few concessions.

Beijing has turned the screws on Hong Kong’s businesses, pressuring them to toe the line and condemn the protesters.

On Friday, Cathay Pacific announced the shock resignation of CEO Rupert Hogg after the carrier was excoriated by Beijing because some staff supported the protests.

A day later the “Big Four” accountancy firms scrambled to distance themselves from a advert placed in a newspaper purportedly by employees saying they supported the protests.

Source: AFP/nh

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Ellen & John Lloyd are not on speaking terms
FUNFARE – Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star)

August 17, 2019

celeb ellen john lloyd not on speaking terms

Several days before the grapevine went abuzz that Ellen Adarna and boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz have called it quits after only more than two years of living together, a certain “Maria Elena Adarna” had been posting cryptic messages on Facebook just like what Bea Alonzo did against people that she didn’t name (but were thought to be her boyfriend Gerald Anderson and Julia Barretto). Like “ghosting” (a millennial-coined verb that refers to a person simply vanishing into thin air without any by-your-leave and leaving a partner/friend/whatever clueless), posting “cryptic” messages on social media has become the norm of the day.

A strong woman doesn’t beg. She leaves the moment she feels unwanted.…Strong women would rather be alone with dignity than in a relationship that requires them to sacrifice their own self-respect.

Could the Ellen Adarna have really floated those two “meaningful” messages?

The Bea-Gerald-Julia has exhausted its excitement, the three protagonists having aired their sides, but Ellen and JLC have kept mum about the rumors swirling around them. True to form, actually. They have never confirmed their relationship, not even after Ellen gave birth to their son Elias Modesto and not now when they should be, well, clearing the air.

“Once either of them talks,” noted a keen showbiz observer, “the ‘bomb’ that Ellen and John Lloyd would explode would have a ‘nuclear’ impact far, far bigger than that of Bea-Gerald-Julia. Just wait and see.”

Since Ellen and JLC seem to bask in mystery, all that showbiz observers can rely on are, well, “careless whispers,” such as…

• Before Ellen left for Thailand, she filed a TPO (Temporary Protection Order) against JLC so he cannot, should not, go near his “ex-GF” and their son;

• The “un-couple” are not on speaking terms. As a line from a song goes, silence is golden;

• Ellen is fed up with JLC’s “weirdness;” and

• JLC is okay and “chill” when he gets a little help from his friends.

Anyway, until Ellen and JLC decide to squeak…oops!…speak up, the guessing game will go on and on and on, and it will never be over.

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