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Senator Nancy Binay Hailed Manny Pacquiao for Making the Philippines Proud Again

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Nancy Binay praises fellow Senator Manny Pacquiao who managed to defeat Vargas during their recent boxing match, stripping him with his title. Pacquiao still attending his mandate full time never ceases to make the Filipinos proud again. Here’s the story from Senate:

Youtube video by: Balitang Maharlika
[VIDEO]: Few months ago, Senator Nancy Binay felt vindicated with the developments in the Senate. Now, she puts that behind her and Praises Pacman for the win against Vargas.



Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao

Muling ipinamalas sa atin ng ating pambansang kamao, si Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, ang galing at determinasyon ng Pilipino nang kanyang sungkutin ang World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt mula sa Mehikanong si Jesse Vargas.




Despite all the advantages that the younger Vargas had over him, all the doubts on his conditioning, and the talks on his retirement, Manny again proved all his detractors wrong.



Boxing

Pinatuyan ni Manny na kaya pa niyang lumaban, na kaya pa niyang manalo.

I have seen how Senator Manny works in the Senate, on how dedicated he is to serve our country. I believe that this is the same fire that fuels him in boxing and it is very much alive.



Pilipino

Maraming salamat, Manny, sa karangalan at papuri na iyong inaani para sa bansa. Ngunit higit pa dito, maraming salamat sa iyong pagiging inspirasyon sa bawat Pilipino — na kaya nating abutin ang bawat pangarap basta’t mayroon tayong pagsisikap, tiyaga, at pananampalataya sa sarili’t at sa Maykapal.




Isang mainit na pagbati sa iyong tagumpay, Manny! Mabuhay ang Pambansang Kamao! Mabuhay ang Pilipino!

http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2016/1106_binay1.asp

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Duterte’s Drug War bound to Fail like in many Countries with same Strategies

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Duterte tries applying nationally a formula his supporters find to have worked in Davao. His iron-fist approach restored security amid vigilante killings and set up social services unusual in the underdeveloped south. International experts predicted that is bound to fail nationally.





[VIDEO]: Various drug war strategies in many countries were conducted in the past but despite being bloody and expensive, the problems on illegal drugs continue to this date.



Identical Drug War

Philippines has declared a drug war “identical” to those launched in the United States and parts of Latin America and Asia in the past decades. The campaigns led to arrests and deaths but did little to hold back the stream of substances.



Violence due to ill-conceived Policy

What the world witnessed in countries with wars against cartels like Mexico, however, were deaths and “spiraling levels of violence” which many experts have attributed to an ill-conceived government policy.



Ineffective Approach

At least one thousand leaders, including those whose countries have waged war against drugs, admitted that it was ineffective, misguided and only led to disaster.




Disaster in Latin America

“In Latin America, the ‘unintended’ consequences of war have been disastrous. Thousands of people have lost their lives in drug-related violence. Drug lords have taken over entire communities. Misery has spread. Corruption is undermining fragile democracies.



Public Backed Drug War ousted the Prime Minister

The drug war in Thailand in 2003 was backed by public support, but the country eventually pulled back from the policy marked by related killings and shunning of drug users as it did little to curb demand. Instead, addicts consumed illegal substances in hiding and diseases eventually spread. Treatment was neither available in prisons.



Justice Discrimination

Former US President Richard Nixon called drugs “public enemy number one” in 1971. But saw a ballooning number of poor, black people behind bars. Drug supply and production were only temporarily disrupted. It has destroyed policy-community relations in many areas. The Philippines’ drug war can have a different outcome, but it cannot be good based on the world’s experience.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/28/asia/philippines-voices-drugs-war/

http://newslab.philstar.com/war-on-drugs/policy

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Don’t turn a blind eye: Street Kids on Solvent Addiction

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Community efforts are vital in solving the problem of poverty in the country. Most crimes happen in the poor sector of society because of lack of guidance. It’s a way of life for the. As long as they feel good and relieved, the practice continues. Thereby, solvent addiction finds its way to the vulnerable children.





[VIDEO]: Society’s problem starts within families where children are neglected. Some prioritize their solvent supply over food just because it make them feel good.



Government Statistics

Government statistics show two in 10 Filipino families were poor, as of 2015. But the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) says 45 percent or around 10.5 million Filipino families consider themselves poor.



Solvent Addiction Comes Handy to Street Children

Street children often find their way away from their family to try to ease the hardships in life. That quest can endanger them. Since they are not guided properly by parents, they are prone to bad influences. Peer pressure introduces them first to solvent addiction.



Making Money from the Needy

Syndicates thrive in impoverished areas because the youngsters are desperate to feel good at very cheap cost. “Rugby Boys” (also called “Solvent Boys”) and even girls do the sniffing in the streets. The chemical is placed in a plastic bag. It is inhaled from the bag to achieve euphoria.



Solvent is as deadly as any dangerous drug

Rugby is an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent that is widely used as an industrial feedstock. Just like any other dangerous drug, rugby could be as deadly. But in the absence of a concrete law to stop the sale of this addictive substance, the problem escalates – damaging our children.



The Power of Volunteerism

Local governments have the power to initiate an information campaign visiting depressed areas in Manila, teaching values and reading and writing to street children under five years old. This should make them aware of the proper way of life.




Government Influence

Top offices in the government can form a joint venture with private companies to organize community outreach program like the Jolllibee Family Values Awards. Now on its sixth year, the annual search will recognize six more exemplary Filipino families who have made an impact in their communities. We need more of these sorts.

http://cnnphilippines.com/lifestyle/2016/09/16/Jollibee-awards-Filipino-families.html

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No more indoor smoking areas: Philippines Goes Nationwide Smoking Ban

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Philippines is about to adopt the smoking law that prohibits smoking in public even if its open air. Indoor smoking areas will not be allowed anymore. The executive order will be released soon after President Rodrigo Duterte signs it.





[VIDEO]: An Executive Order will be prohibiting smokers to smoke in public, smoking areas will not be indoors anymore and this includes Casinos. Hotel smoking areas can be in front entrances and open air parking lots.away from most guests.



Covers Gray Areas

According to lawyer Jim Asturias of Health Justice Philippines—an NGO focusing on overlapping issues of health and law, and public health policy. The Executive Order is necessary to address certain gray areas. This  includes the definition of “public places” and the kinds of tobacco products that will be banned.



Patterned after Davao

Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said the executive order was patterned afterDavao City’s Anti-Smoking Ordinance which was implemented when Duterte was still the mayor of the city.



Smoking Ban Just waiting for signature

According to Ubial, once Duterte signs the executive order, local government units should outline penalties for violators. The smoking ban is nationwide and does not spare casinos.



No Second-Hand Smoking

Ubial said designated smoking areas will be allowed in places where the public will not be exposed to second-hand smoke. “Designate a smoking area away from the public. At the back of a hotel, at the parking area,” Ubial said on Tuesday.



Public Precaution

The smoking areas will have highly visible signage – alongside a graphic depiction of the negative effects of smoking to one’s health and also to those inhaling the second-hand smoke.



Recognized by WHO

Davao City’s smoking ban has been recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective smoke-free order in an urban setting. WHO noted that Davao’s smoking policy “demonstrates that smoke-free laws can work in the Philippines.”

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/10/11/No-smoking-policy-EO-awaiting-Duterte-signature.html

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Absolute Poverty: Recounts of Jojo Binay’s former Media Officer

Absolute Poverty





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It’s disappointing knowing the truth and hearing all the lies about a person you know so well. The only outlet you have is to write. Here’s the recount of the former media relations officer of Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.




[VIDEO]: See the faces of poverty as recounted by the former media relations staff of Jejomar “Jojo” Binay as they tour the poorest of the poor places in the country.


Life’s Learnings

To the man who can’t keep still, who can never do “nothing”. I am grateful that through you I was able to give my voice a wider range. Thank you for the messages of hope that, over 5 years, I had to force into a mind clouded by disillusionment, spoken by a man of the masa (masses) who embodies what they can achieve through hard work, guts, and thick skin to ward off hurtful words. What more can one ask?


Value of Stillness

To the man who always kept me on my toes, alert to every need whenever I was with him, thank you. Throughout the hectic out-of-town sorties you have made me appreciate more the value of stillness, and of seeing the beautiful amid the ugly and mundane.


Absolute Poverty is the Enemy

Most of all, despite the weariness from travel that still lingers in my bones, thank you, because, through those travels, I have seen the enemy. I have seen poverty in its many faces. I have seen mobs smeared with grime, and people shit on highways next to low-set bamboo tables showcasing the wares, vegetables, or fruits that they were peddling.


Smelling the Stench of Absolute Poverty

I have smelled the stench caused by the lack of running water or a day’s hard labor, made more intense as laborers massed together to hear the things they deserve from their government. I have heard people from places rarely visited by government –  and witnessed their amazement that someone would dare visit them despite the absolute poverty around them – as if it were a gift from the gods rather than a right guaranteed them by the state.


Just like Us

(He is small! He has a dark complexion! He is just like us!)

How many times have I stopped myself from bawling out, or from shouting that I was rooting for them, that I hope they could rise above the squalor and the dirt and the wretchedness that bow their heads and back, and keep them from seeing the cold comfort of the moon and stars. Make them curse the sun as an added burden?



You are not the villain your opponents tried to paint you to be. You are the doting grandfather whose eyes light up immediately after seeing your grandchildren, proceeding to grasp their cheeks with both hands

http://www.rappler.com/views/imho/139165-first-boss-vice-president-binay

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