By: Elena Grace Flores
Something to look forward to in the entertainment arena – British actor and star of ‘X-Men’ is coming to Manila for AsiaPOP Comic Con. Nicholas Hoult will indeed be in the Philippines at the APCC to hopefully meet his fans.
Hoult is known for playing Dr. Hank McCoy aka Beast in X-Men films First Class, Days of Future Past, and most recently, the unforgettable Apocalypse. He’s has played as Tony Stonem also in British TV series Skins, War Boy Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road, and R in Warm Bodies, and many more. He’s a seasoned actor indeed!
Fans can see him in person at APCC on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center along with Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown (aka Eleven) and Holland Roden who plays Teen Wolf’s Lydia.
APCC Manila 2016 will also feature comic artists, singer Hiroshi Kitadani from JAM Project, a cosplay contest judged by Alodia Gosiengfiao and Myrtle Sarrosa, and more. Click on the link below to find out more:
By: Elena Grace Flores
The curfew for minors was imposed for their own safety but if it hinders family life, then it must be corrected. The lifestyle of Filipinos nowadays is changed because good jobs available for parents are during the night – and when it’s their day off, travelling with the family will be convenient in their usual schedule. Since they are usually up during the night, they can only be functional at the same time for their children to enjoy. So, hopefully, authorities would make the streets and neighborhoods safer than usual now that families and their minors can freely travel during the wee hours. Here:s the story:
The Inquirer reported: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday temporarily stopped the implementation of curfew ordinances for minors in Manila, Quezon City (QC) and Navotas. At the same time, the high court ordered the three local government units to comment on the petition filed by the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK). They have 10 days upon receipt of the resolution to comply.
It added: “The Court, acting on the Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition with Application for a Temporary Restraining Order challenging the “Curfew Ordinances” of the three local governments…issued a TRO effective immediately and until further orders enjoining the three local government units from implementing and enforcing the ‘curfew ordinances’,” the high court said Tuesday after its en banc (full court) session.
In its petition, SPARK said the Manila ordinance is contrary to Republic Act No. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act.
BACKSTORY: Youth group asks SC to nullify curfew ordinances
Under the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, curfew violations are considered status offenses. Status offenses are offenses which discriminate only against a child, while an adult does not suffer any penalty for committing similar acts. These shall include curfew violations, truancy, parental disobedience and the like. Curfew is allowed only if no penalty shall be imposed on children caught violating the curfew. Spark said, however, that in Manila, those caught violating curfews shall face a sanction of a reprimand for the youth and admonition for the parent or guardian. Petitioners added that the curfew ordinances deprive minors of their right to liberty and right to travel. Their parents, the petitioners said, were also deprived of their natural and primary right in rearing their children.
Ang Video na ito na nailathala sa Youtube noong January 29, 2015 ay nagpapatunay na hindi na pala kailangang humarap si Mayor Junjun Binay ng Makati sa Senado dahil lahat ng mga hinihingi nito ukol sa alegasyon sa overpricing ng mga proyekto sa Makati sa kanya ay naibibigay na.
Sabi ni Pimentel na pinapatunayan lang daw nila na kailangan humarap sa senado ang sino mang pinapatawag nito.
Pinapatunayan din ng human rights lawyers na sina Rene Saguisag at Joker Arroyo na isang paglalabag sa batas ang pagpipilit kay Mayor na humarap at magsalita dahil hindi siya sang ayon dito at wala nang dahilan para humarap dahil lahat ng kailangan para sa akusasyon ay nasa senado na.
Ang tanong; bakit hindi ilalahad ng senado ang mga sagot ni Mayor Junjun Binay sa madla at laging pinapalabas na ayaw humarap nito?
Camp Binay, a group of Binay supporters online is demanding for the release of Binay’s affidavit submitted to Pimentel since V.P. Jejomar Binay was the mayor of Makati and ran for Vice President during the 2010 national election. The affidavit contained the detailed response of V.P. Binay on the corruption allegations thrown against him.
Sen. Nancy Binay said that her father had already answered corruption allegations against him in an affidavit submitted to the subcommittee headed by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel.
Binay’s supporters now demanding to publicize V.P. Binay’s affidavit that ultimately explained the details of the responses on such allegations.
They are certain that even if it’s not necessary for V.P. Binay to appear on July 7, 2015 Senate Probe, this will be used against Binay to further destroy his reputation – to discredit him for the upcoming 2016 Presidential bid.
It’s been said before that the government is the reflection of its people the same as, the youth is the future of our country – but what if good manners are forgotten by many and real issues are overlooked due to massive public prosecutions? You may already know that our media channels are overwhelmed with unfounded corruption news including that of VP Binay, and whoever masterminded this can already expect great success if they already attract massive audience. Who will continue prioritizing community development efforts – when most of us embrace publicized accusations against politicians in power? Since I never have political ambitions, I am thankful to our politicians that they seek public office, or else – no one would run the country! Instead, I support programs initiated by government sectors that nurture community welfare in the areas of livelihood opportunities, environmental preservation and sustainable public service facilities.
Just after finishing lots of government requirements for the organization of our cooperative group in one of the communities I supported, I checked on my Facebook and there were many posts about VP Jejomar Binay’s alleged overpriced projects. Since they are set on public, I did not hesitate adding my comments on those that I spotted. Some owners of these posts clicked like or unlike which I think, were very kind. There was one who just blocked me off which is also fine but another put up a challenge which obviously amused me and better yet, it was supported by his contacts. I said; this must be from an energetic group because I failed to intimidate them with my personality which I normally do. Well for me, this is a privilege for older people who are stable because we’ve been there, done that – and we have nothing to prove anymore. Most of all, we have come to the point where there’s no need to work harder to keep both ends meet – like most budding professionals. Just hoping that the younger ones will learn from our achievements as well as from the mistakes we made, because human beings make mistake as we all know and I am not an exception to that rule.
Since my eyesight, memory and motor skills are not anymore as efficient as during my prime, I was comfortable to remain in that mind and body framework – thinking that I was simply debating with a friend. It’s after few exchanges that I wondered why the reactions were not quite like from that press-friend whom I admired – who will always remain relaxed, kind and polite during our past debates and discussions. You know, prior to press conferences in our Cebu group, we normally exchange views on what we think about that current hot topic whether favorable or unfavorable – to come up with a good follow-up material. That helps to be fair when both sides are reported. Good journalists will always make it a point to verify facts and quote the two sides of the story – and leave it to the public to decide the verdict if needed. So, I mentioned my disgust about his reactions and that’s when I learned that although they have the same name, he’s not the same person as I thought he was. I was apologetic and was prepared to go away. However, my name was often quoted demanding answers from me so, I complied in my utmost availability – so as not to be rude but in a different manner.
Nevertheless, my best is not good enough and for sure, I can’t please everybody especially the group with different political views than me. As I learned from our Debates back in High School, it’s not about your arguments that matter most – but it’s how you deliver them. Often, your credibility is enhanced by being courteous and not by what you know or don’t know. For sure it’s also important to support your arguments with facts or else, you will sound like a talking parrot!
It may be funny for a grandmother like me stirring up a group of young executives in a social media environment – but this boils down to; what will be the future of our country if instead of contributing in our own simple way for its progress, we are fueling the interests of bad politicians who just intended to destroy each other and neglect their own responsibilities for our country or world in general? There’s only 24 hours in a day – and massive negative publicity like what we are experiencing now from powerful political parties can exhaust our leaders with their quality time while defending themselves and our money (financial reserves from taxes) extensively! Can’t we just leave the allegations to the courts of law? To ignore is the best insult. So, why not make noise for better public hospitals, schools or universities and efficient public infrastructures or services including daily segregated garbage collection plus emergency readiness and calamity prevention or precaution from our government instead of sharing gossips? It’s not too late to adapt to the idealism of being a good citizen – rather than remain hateful, egoistic and often useless netizens.