BY ED LIBRANDA

STRAIGHT TALK

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PACQUIAO DRAWS FLAK FROM DUTERTE


It is sad that President Rodrigo Duterte has to go down to the level of boxing icon and Senator Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao. This came after Pacquiao criticized Duterte for supposedly breaking his election promise that he would defend the Philippines’ rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). Duterte even joked that he would jet ski to a Chinese-made artificial islandwithin the disputed areaand raise the Philippine flag there to reinforce the country’s claim. 

The rift between the President and Pacquiaofollowed the latest word war between Duterte and retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio. In May, Duterte also challenged Carpio to debate on the WPS issue. Carpioaccepted Duterte’s challenge, but the President backed out, saying his advisers told him to let Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque represent him in the debate. The debate on WPS died a natural death because both of them moved on.

As for Pacquiao, Duterte did not mince words. “Mag-aral ka muna ng foreign policy (Study foreign policy first)," the President told Pacquiao, whom Duterte helped become president of the ruling PDP-Laban.
 
Pacquiao graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Makati in December 2019. Many netizens questioned this; they were wondering how Pacquiao managed to earn an educational degree given his hectic schedule as a lawmaker, world boxing champion, endorser, and actor. 

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SEE-THROUGH

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By YASHIKA TORIB

News Editor

Manila Bureau Correspondent

The mental filters

of biases

Some weeks ago, I wrote an article about how a group of divers has accidentally discovered a coral garden in what was believed to be a barren area of Manila Bay.

Manila Bay, by the way, is not just the immediate cove fronting Roxas Boulevard. It is situated in the western part of Luzon and is bounded by Cavite and Metro Manila on the east, Bulacan, and Pampanga on the north, and Bataan on the west and northwest. This discovery of coral reefs was found in Ternate, Cavite.

               The dive was originally intended to install four marker buoys for the boundaries of the Core Zone of Ternate Marine Park (TMP) and two artificial reefs in celebration of the Month of the Ocean 2021. It was done in collaboration between the Coastal and Marine Management of Cavite Provincial Environment  
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 JUNE 14 - 21, 2021

‘Mag-aral ka muna’: Duterte hits Pacquiao over his ‘shallow knowledge’ on foreign policy

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Senator Emmanuel "Pacman" Paquiao and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (File Photo)

 

Published June 8, 2021, 10:58 PM, by Raymund Antonio, MB


MANILA, Philippines — Senator and boxing champ Manny Pacquiao needs to “study first” before he criticizes foreign policies and inactions in the government, President Duterte said on Tuesday, June 8.

“I don’t want to degrade him, but next time he should—mag-aral ka muna nang husto bago ka pumasok (Study well first before you enter),” he told Kingdom of Jesus Christ Pastor Apollo Quiboloy during an interview on SMNI.

The Chief Executive said Pacquiao has a “very shallow knowledge” when it comes to issues of national concern.

The senator recently aired his grievances over seeming inactions in the government when it comes to pressing issues such as the power interruptions in Luzon. Last month, he also said he finds Duterte’s recent stance on Chinese incursions lacking.
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PERSPECTIVE 

Discrimination vs PAL flights at L.A. airport

Philippine consular officials in Los Angeles should help PAL win its fight against this discriminatory measure imposed against our flag carrier.

Concept News CentralPublished 21 hours ago on June 13, 2021 03:00 AMBy Concept News Central


The past two months saw a marked rise in violent discrimination in the United States against anyone there of Asian lineage, Philippine-Americans included.

Now, it looks like the discrimination in America is directed at the flag carrier of the country, Philippine Air Lines (PAL).

Authorities at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) recently decided to segregate all arriving PAL flights, regardless of origin, to a new midfield gate at the airport called the Midfield Satellite Concourse.

That decision, described by PAL as a “forced transfer,” takes effect on 15 June 2021. Once in effect, PAL flights will not be allowed to use the LAX main hub, the so-called Tom Bradley International Terminal.

 

PAL officials say that the forced transfer will undoubtedly create a lot of inconvenience and discomfort for its passengers, 

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US visa petition, case processing report

June 2021

By Crispin Aranda, TMT, June 7, 2021


THE processing time of US visa petitions - from filing to approval with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - the subsequent immigrant visa processing at the National Visa Center (NVC) and finally, the scheduling of immigrant interview at the appropriate consular post (the US Embassy Manila for Philippine applicants) are mainly dependent on the Covid-19 situation in the Philippines.

At the time of writing, the US Embassy explains that due to "precautions and limited resources due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the US Embassy in the Philippines continues to operate on reduced staffing and is continually evaluating the conditions necessary to resume full services."
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BUSINESS

Manny Pangilinan quits as PLDT president, CEO


Philstar.com) - June 8, 2021 - 4:29pm

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 5:12 p.m.) — Tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan has officially stepped down as president and chief executive of telco giant PLDT Inc.

By the end of Tuesday’s annual stockholders’ meeting, Pangilinan, 74, will be replaced by Al Panlilio, company chief revenue officer and president and CEO of wireless unit Smart Communications Inc.

It was a position that Pangilinan held since 2016 after the retirement of Napoleon Nazareno in late 2015. In his last speech as president and chief executive, Pangilinan, who will remain as PLDT’s chairman, said leaving his post was not hard at all with Panlilio, 57, as his successor.
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TOURISM

Hotels in GCQ areas now allowed leisure guests aged 18 to 65

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By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  May 28, 2021, 8:13 pm PNA
   

 

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed the pandemic task force's decision to allow accredited accommodation establishments in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) to book leisure stays at 30 percent venue capacity.
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PH, Japan ink space

cooperation pact

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Published June 12, 2021, 3:14 PM, by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

In a virtual ceremony, Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) Director-General Joel Joseph Marciano Jr. signed the agreement with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Yamakawa Hiroshi.

The MOC aims to provide a framework of cooperation in the following areas: space applications; satellite development; space environment utilization; capacity building.....
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Yuka Saso to be honored in stamps

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US OPEN CHAMPION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes time to appreciate the gold medal won by golfer Yuka Saso (right) in the Asian Games while awarding the Presidential citation to the latter during a ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on Sep. 12, 2018. Malacañang on Monday (June 7, 2021) hailed Saso for becoming the first Filipino to win the US Open golf championship on Saturday (Philippine time). (Presidential photo by Rey Baniquet)

 

By Lea Devio, TMT, June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Newly-crowned US Open golf champion Yuka Saso will be featured in stamps, Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio announced on Thursday.

"This is our own little way of honoring and acknowledging her great effort and contribution to society. The 19-year-old Filipina golfer must be given the honor to be featured in Postage Stamp and Postcard for her unprecedented victory," Fulgencio said in a statement.
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Anti-Asian Hate Crime

‘Asian hate’ strikes anew: PH diplomat verbally harassed in New York subway

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People attend the Stop Asian Hate rally at Times Square in New York City, U.S., April 4, 2021. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

By: Zacarian Sarao - @inquirerdotnetINQUIRER.net / 01:15 PM June 13, 2021
 

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine Consulate General diplomat became the latest victim of racism and “Asian hate” after she was verbally harassed and assaulted in New York City subway train on Friday.

“On Friday, one of our colleagues at the Philippine Consulate General in New York became the latest victim of anti-Asian hate. Our colleague, a female consular officer, was verbally assaulted while on board the B train on her way to the Consulate yesterday morning,” said Consul General Elmer Cato.
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International flights back
at MCIA

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Airplanes remain parked at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in this 2019 photo. | CDN File Photo (Tonee Despojo)

 

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram,  Multimedia Reporter, CDN Digital|June 13,2021 - 02:24 PM

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Incoming international flights are back at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) as of Sunday, June 13.

Lawyer Glenn Napuli, officer-in-charge of Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), confirmed to CDN Digital in a text message that the airport would accept inbound international flights again starting Sunday.

Napuli said at least two flights from abroad would be expected to land at the airport on Sunday. These flights are from Singapore via Scoot, and from South Korea via JinAir.
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7-day quarantine for returning Filipinos fully vaccinated in PH

By: Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQINQUIRER.net / 11:21 AM June 04, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has set a seven-day facility-based quarantine period for Filipinos returning from abroad who who were fully vaccinated in the country against COVID-19, Malacañang said Friday.


Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Roque noted the new policy only covers “fully vaccinated individuals who have been inoculated in the Philippines.”

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Duterte reluctant to run for vice president, very keen

to retire

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By: Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQINQUIRER.net / 09:53 PM June 08, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he is reluctant to run as vice president in the 2022 national elections, saying he is now ready to retire.

“Mahirap yan Pastor kasi mag-retire na ako and this time, ako ang mamili ng presidente, tapos ‘pag manalo sabihin nila, ano lang yan, perpetuate yourself in power. So nagreresist ako,” Duterte said when asked about possibly running for the vice presidency in an interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy aired Tuesday.

(The situation is difficult, Pastor, because I will retire and I will choose the candidate for president, but if any of them wins, they will say ‘it’s only a way to perpetuate yourself in power.’ So I resisted it.)

“Ako naman, I’m ready for retirement,” he went on.

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PH to launch biggest

satellite in 2023

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NEWEYE IN THE SKY Artist’s impression of SSTL’s TrueColour spacecraft, whose design is the basis of PH’s Mula satellite. —PHOTO COURTESY OF SURREY SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY LTD.


By: Dexter Cabalza - Reporter / @dexcabalzaINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:30 AM June 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will soon be sending its biggest Filipino-made satellite to space.

Called Mula, or Multispectral Unit for Land Assessment, the newest Earth-observation satellite can capture operational-quality images of approximately 100,000 square kilometers of land area daily.


Mula weighs 130 kilograms compared with microsatellites Diwata-1 and Diwata-2, which weighed around 50 kg.

Mula is being developed under the Advanced Satellite and Know-How Transfer for the Philippines (ASP) project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
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1Sambayan names 6 choices to pit vs Duterte’s anointed

in 2022

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Vice President Leni Robredo, former senator Antonio Trillanes, Sen. Grace Poe, Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, lawyer Chel Diokno and Rep. Eddie Villanueva make up 1Sambayan’s pool of possible candidates for president and vice president.


MANILA, Philippines —  Vice President Leni Robredo, the acknowledged leader of the political opposition, a human rights lawyer, and four prominent political figures were included in a shortlist of possible presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the 1Sambayan against the administration ticket in the 2022 national elections.

In an online event on Saturday that coincided with the celebration of the country’s 123rd Independence Day, the newly formed political coalition said it would put up a united slate of “democratic forces” to rectify President Rodrigo Duterte’s supposed errors in governance.

Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the president’s 
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Philippines receives 2.2 million Pfizer doses through COVAX

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: US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law joined Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., presidential assistant on foreign affairs and chief of presidential protocol Robert Borje and other officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in welcoming the arrival of 2,282,850 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

 

By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star ) - June 12, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines received Thursday night over two million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility.

US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law joined Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., presidential assistant on foreign affairs and chief of presidential protocol Robert Borje and other officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in welcoming the arrival of 2,282,850 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines

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