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Filipino Evacuees from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan Arrived in the Philippines

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The 309 Filipinos landed at the Haribon Hangar of the Clark Airbase in Pampanga 10:15 p.m., Tuesday. They were aboard Philippine Airlines chartered flight. They all tested negative for coronavirus infection before boarding the plane and leaving Haneda Airport. The second batch consisting of at least 140 Filipinos who departed an hour later arrived shortly before midnight. This brings the total to 451 evacuees to return to the country.

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Over 400 Filipinos from cruise ship in Japan to arrived

80 were Positive

70 Filipinos who have fallen ill to the coronavirus disease did not make it home yet. In total, 80 Filipinos board the Diamond Princess tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Ten of them have recovered and given a clean bill of health. They made it to the repatriation, the DFA said.

More Tests

The evacuees underwent screening for flu-like symptoms before landing at Clark. Those who manifest signs of respiratory illness were subject to isolation. One area in the aircraft was designated for this before they are taken to a hospital for treatment.

Mandatory Local Quarantine Period for Coronavirus

The remaining evacuees are now in a 14-day quarantine at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. This is part of the government policy. The medical and response teams, crew members, and other personnel who accompanied the Filipinos from Japan are not exempted from this.

Status in the Philippines

In the Philippines, three Chinese nationals who are all from Wuhan have been infected with the Novel Coronavirus. One of them died. The remaining two recovered and already left the country. A total of 516 individuals have tested negative for the virus who came in contact with them. The government awaits 44 more lab results.

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Filipinos On Board the Diamond Princess Return Home as Coronavirus Fear Arises

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The local government of Capas in Tarlac has some concerns. The New Clark City Athlete’s Village or NCC is the quarantine area of the Filipino repatriates from the Diamond Princess. They are set to arrive there on Sunday from Yokohama. Their fears are legitimate over the coronavirus. Precautions are in place, Malacañang assures them. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the exact number of repatriates is not yet known. Their tests must show negative results for COVID-19. Symptoms of the illness are enough to leave them in Japan. The ones who recovered can join the repatriation. Another 14-day quarantine period locally is at stake.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on cruise ship in Japan rises

Coronavirus Update

Cases of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, are rising inside the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan. As Mike Armstrong reports, putting thousands of people under quarantine was supposed to help stop the spread of the virus, but it may have had the opposite effect.

They Want to Go Home

All the Filipino crew and passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship who are negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) express their desire to return home to the Philippines. The Department of Health (DOH) attests to this. 495 Filipinos are still on the cruise ship after the two-week quarantine period passes. The 43 Filipinos who are positive for the virus are still in the hospital.

Two Chartered Planes for the Diamond Princess Crews

Duque said that two chartered are ready to bring back the Pinoy crew and passengers. They voluntarily present themselves to return to the country. The DOH official hints that they are not discounting any possibility that some of them have a change of heart on the day of their departure. So, the figures can still change.

The Coronavirus Fears in Other Countries are Real

The Americans from the Diamond Princess had some complaints about the handling of their transfer. Their ordeal in the so-called floating prison did not serve a purpose when the negative ones have to join the untested people in one airplane. Another doctor from Germany who had the chance to inspect the ship also narrates his fearful experience of how the mismanagement of the disease on board went. The Philippines should have the courage to learn from their plights to keep the Filipinos safe.

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)

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Why do Attacks on Du30 Intensify as Bongbong Marcos’ Election Protest Win Nears?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 hails the late President Ferdinand Marcos as a hero for many Filipinos. He stresses this during the former leader’s 100th birth anniversary. The opposition takes it as a campaign to rehabilitate the image of Marcos to help Bongbong Marcos’ political comeback. The younger Marcos’ election protest against VP Leni Robredo now results in a recount on March 19. He earlier discloses evidence of massive digital frauds. Now Atty. Romulo Macalintal appears to be lawyering for the Comelec. He claims that the squares are a new feature – that the parties apparently know of. He refers to the presence of the squares in the ballot images. Marcos’ spokesperson then dares him to produce any briefing made by the Comelec on the presence of the squares. Macalintal has not replied up to this time of writing.










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[VIDEO]: DUTERTE PINAGTANGGOL SI FERDINAND MARCOS SA BUMABATIKOS SA KANYA! “HE WAS THE GREATEST PRESIDENT”




Same Accusations

Duterte, who faces the same accusations of major human rights abuses as Marcos, is a friend of the Marcos family. His detractors said that he plays a key role to bolster their efforts to regain the top echelons of political power. Marcos stepped down in 1986 to avoid bloodshed during the EDSA revolution. He died in exile in Hawaii three years later after the late President Cory Aquino disallowed him to return to the Philippines. He wanted to explain the alleged hidden wealth but Aquino refused. His enemies continue to accuse him of embezzling billions of dollars during his rule. That turns out to be a security seal for the welfare of humanity. Now, they aggressively launch a black propaganda against Du30 for the same reasons.



The President’s Dare to Resign

In October last year, Duterte dared Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to resign with him, saying the two had allowed themselves to be “used” in the corruption allegations against him. Sereno is battling an impeachment complaint that alleged she had undeclared wealth and betrayed public trust, among others. House lawmakers are expected to resolve within the month if there is probable cause for her impeachment.



Supreme Court CJ can be Fired

Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso, vice-chairman of the House Committee on Justice, said Sereno only submitted one of her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALNs) to the Judicial and Bar Council when the panel was deliberating on the new Chief Justice in 2012, despite a notice from the council directing applicants to submit all of their SALNs. A decision from the Supreme Court in 1963 established that “if at the time of appointment, petitioner did not have necessary qualifications for the office…then he did not have the right to be there,” said Veloso.




VP Electoral Protest Update

Marcos’ lawyer emphasizes that Macalintal is just being consistently untrue or he had a special briefing from Comelec exclusively for the then ruling Liberal Party. Either way, the existence of the square is an unlawful insertion and alteration of the digital image. Their excuses are so feeble and insulting to the intelligence of the Filipino electorate as it provides them too little too late, said Atty. Rodriguez. The squares should not be there because, during the source code review, no boxes were shown. If ever, the boxes must have been added after the source code review which is against the law, he added.




http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/16/18/duterte-can-fire-sereno-lawmaker

How Marcos’ Humanity Wealth Caused Bongbong-Leni War and Du30 Destabilization?



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Bongbong Marcos Camp: Macalintal’s Defenses Show what Robredo Thinks of Filipinos

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos’ spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that Atty. Romulo Macalintal’s excuses for his client VP Leni Robredo are so feeble and insulting to the intelligence of the Filipinos. It provides them too little too late.  In short, Robredo thinks Filipinos are stupid. The squares in the ballot images should not be there in the first place. The source code review shows no boxes. Adding it after the review is against the law,” he added.









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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos supporter, Maharlika details the actions of VP Leni Robredo’s Camp and her allies in power that made Filipinos look stupid.



Marcos Camp’s Counter Claim

The legal counsel of Marcos counters the claim of Vice President Robredo’s lawyer that Marcos was “ill-advised” over his allegations. This is concerning the ballot images in the electoral protest. Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez maintains that square marks in the ballot images from Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental that his client previously publicized should not be there in the first place.



Misleading the People

Another “yellow” election lawyer Emil Marañon III supports the explanation of Macalintal. He is one of the counsels previously consulted by the Vice President’s camp. He is not an IT expert unline Atty. Glenn Chong who technically verifies the facts presented by Marcos in a press conference.



Questionable Features

The Vice President’s lawyer, Macalintal retaliates with a press conference to explain that the squares are merely among the new features of the ballot introduced in 2016. However, many IT experts can attest that these can be signals to transmit a defaulted report.



Trampled Rights of the Filipinos

“They have trampled on the right of the Filipino people and deprived them of their duly elected vice president. Now two years on, they are continuing their web of lies even in the face of direct and solid evidence of rampant cheating,” said Rodriguez. “This is the grandest and longest deception ever committed against the Filipino people,” he added.




https://www.rappler.com/nation/195976-robredo-excuses-ballot-images-insulting-filipinos-intelligence-marcos

http://www.mediacurious.com/macalintals-lies-caught-on-video-blames-junked-cause-of-action-for-protest-recount-delay/

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Bongbong Marcos to the Americans: Filipinos are NOT Second Class Citizens

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
President Du30’s hot and cold relationship with the Americans started from the time of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos. His son, Bongbong Marcos explains that it was not his father’s intention to drive the American military bases away. He just couldn’t agree with the Parity Law that gives equal rights to Americans with the Filipinos in the country. The ex-leader insisted on the country’s sovereignty over its territory – and made it a point that Filipinos are not second class citizens.






Video by;  Elena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos explains why the Americans started to have a grudge against his father who defended the Filipino sovereignty.




Equal Rights with Filipinos

On July 4, 1946, after Philippines’ independence from Japan, the economy was devastated by World War II. Payment of war damage claims by the U.S. government and an influx of capital were both desperately needed. The Bell Act set quotas on Philippine exports to the U.S., pegged the Philippine peso to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 2:1, and provided for free trade between the two countries for 8 years. That was to be followed by gradual application of tariffs for the next 20 years. Many Filipinos objected to the so-called Parity Amendment. It required an amendment to the Philippine constitution allowing U.S. citizens equal rights with Filipinos in the exploitation of natural resources and operation of public utilities. Nonetheless, some powerful Filipinos involved in these negotiations stood to benefit from the arrangement. The Marcos administration finally terminated the Parity officially on July 3, 1974




Du30’s Wrath over the Americans

As soon as President Du30 took office, He immediately criticized American interventions in his administration. However, he mellowed down when Donald Trump won. They are both controversial and share the same distaste with former President Barack Obama.



Would Rather Be Friendly

The President said he “would rather be friendly” now with the United States because they have “redeemed themselves” and “have helped us a lot”. The US “partly helped” when it was “challenged by the Japanese occupation” during World War II. “Even today, they provide crucial equipment to our soldiers in Marawi to fight the terrorists,” he added.









Trump’s Reaction

US President ‘Donald Trump’ hailed his “great relationship” with Du30. He made no mention of human rights during brief remarks to reporters prior to a meeting with his counterpart. Both leaders ignored shouted questions about the drugs crackdown during the ASEAN Summit. The American President might be different from his predecessors but he certainly knows how to respect the Filipino way of doing things.



https://www.britannica.com/event/Bell-Trade-Act

https://www.rappler.com/nation/183720-duterte-america-friendly-balangiga-encounter-day

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/13/trump-hails-great-relationship-with-philippines-duterte