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Zeka virus escalates in the Philippines

Zika virus

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Zeka Virus is now on its 6th victim in the Philippines. All six Filipinos who contracted the disease from mosquito bites suffered fever. In other countries, this can also be transmitted through sex. Read the full story below:

DOH’s Report

HEALTH authorities on Monday announced that a woman from Iloilo had tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that causes microcephaly in newborns, the first such case recorded this year.

This brought to six the total number of cases registered in the country since 2012, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag told reporters in a news conference.

Tayag described the first Zika case for the year as a 45-year-old female, married and not pregnant, from Iloilo province.

The virus most likely came from local transmission because the woman had no history of travel to any affected country in the past two weeks, Tayag said.

Tayag said the woman reported to doctors on August 31, and was found to have skin rashes and joint pains, but without fever.

She was confined in a local hospital where urine and blood samples were collected. The 45-year-old tested positive for Zika in both urine and blood samples.

The tests were done at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine In Muntinlupa.

The woman is at home recovering from a mild illness.

Tayag said the DOH had sent a team to do follow-up tests in the area where the woman is residing.

Dr. Gundo Weiler, World Health Organization country representative, lauded the Philippines for its ability to control the virus, noting that out of 37 Western Pacific countries, the Philippines has reported only six cases since 2012.

Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito. Sexual transmission has been reported in other countries like Brazil and Singapore.

Source: Manila Times


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Hell in the overcrowded jail not the concern of the Philippine President

Philippine President

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Quezon City local jail has s floor area of 30,000 square feet where over 4,000 inmates and increasing live space to space in this very overcrowded penitentiary. No helpful activities can be conducted aside from the early morning roll call. Most prisoners are not even tried in court.

Overcrowding does not need to be predicted. It is just common sense telling President Rodrigo Duterte that his war on drugs would even add up to the pile of living human bodies inside those prison cells – but to no avail. The president is just determined to kill those illegal drug offenders within 3 to 6 months. Perhaps he’s thinking based on his mentality that prisoners should live in hell as they are criminals.

Conditions inside are at its poorest amidst the country’s humidity. There’s no way that the prisoners can have the chance to be rehabilitated as hatred engulfed them in the condition that they are in. Depressed prisoners would rather die that spend another day in that astounding facility. The population there was already 3,600 inmates and seven weeks on Duterte’s buy-bust operation, it has risen tremendously to 4,053.


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If Duterte cannot practice speaking diplomacy with UN, he should at least learn to swallow his words

Perfecto Yasay

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Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay is again making clarification regarding the President’s remarks that he would rather pull out from the UN if they are that unfair, after two UN envoys recently make connotations that his “shoot to kill” order has contributed to the rising extra judicial killings in the Philippines and must be stopped.

“We certainly are not leaving the UN,” Yasay Jr said in a recent press conference.

Yasay explained: “The President is understandably extremely disappointed and frustrated with this action of the special rapporteurs in arbitrarily concluding that these drug-related killings were done by or are at the instance of law enforcers. But I can assure you that he remains committed to the United Nations, of which the Philippines is one of the founding members.”


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Duterte Misunderstood the UN: Ultimatum simply means that the way he orders police for Anti Illegal Drugs was illegal


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The United Nations recently has warned President Rodrigo Duterte that incitement to violence is a crime against International Law. This means that his comments on public speeches while naming and shaming suspects threatening them that they will be killed instantly without any due process because his mouth does not have due process – as he said it himself is violating the UN policy. The same as when he said that if there are cops involved in investigations, that he guarantees them that he will go to prison first before them is another unlawful act in civilized countries that joined together for humanitarian preservation.

Two UN experts described Duterte’s publicized order for law enforcers and the public to go ahead and kill suspected drug traffickers as “amounting to incitement to violence and killing, which is a a crime under international law.”

More than 850 people have been killed as listed by the media since Duterte won during the May 10 elections up until recently specifically on August 11, with over 650 killed in the last six weeks only. Only 22 killings had been recognized by PNP Chief “Bato” during the senate hearing.

It is evident that the palace did not understand the UN envoys’ warning based on this response:

“The President therefore decries the attribution of killings to the Philippine government. This is simply unfair, especially to the hardworking men and women in uniform who risk their lives and limbs to win the war against drugs,” Abella defended Duterte.

When the UN ultimatum simply means that Duterte’s statements encouraging the police for the project the way that he did, are already punishable under the United Nations.


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Japan expected Earthquake – Resistant Trains to contribute to Metro Manila’s Economic Sphere


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Japan’s P110-billion granting a loan to the Philippine for the Malolos-Tutuban railway which ‘is one of the biggest Japanese yen loans ever’ – will be utilized in replicating Japan’s train platform that when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck Japan, around 38 high-speed rail trains were still running in the northern part of the country until they were halted safely. Although it is up to the Duterte administration to decide if it will also implement Japan’s technology on the trains 100 percent.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida discussed this project during the recent meeting. “The 38 trains actually came to a halt – safely. And nobody was hurt,” said Masato Ohtaka, deputy press secretary of the Japanese foreign ministry who attested to the trains’ reliability.

This North-South Commuter Railway Projec tis set to connect Tutuban in Manila and Malolos in Bulacan. The Japanese Embassy also said this railway project aims “to strengthen the transportation network and decongest Metro Manila.” This is seen “contributing to the expansion of Metro Manila’s economic sphere and alleviation of air pollution.”

Ohtaka further explained that the Philippines is “a very important partner” of his country, “and prosperity in the Philippines is very important.” He also stressed that the bulk of the Philippines’ economic activity “is concentrated in the greater Manila area.” He said he knows “how much problems transportation can create” if solutions are hampered and do not come in a “timely” manner. “We sympathize with the Filipinos, that this is a project that needs to be done very quickly,” he added.


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Philippines can be alienated from allies due to Duterte’s behavior

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Duterte may have swept away more than 16 million Filipinos to vote for him due to his unusual character traits but he should not forget that a lot more Filipinos who are not his supporters are getting more disgusted with his somewhat distasteful actions and reactions to comments by foreign dignitaries. It was recalled that President Obama called him right after he won as President to remind him of the shared democratic values that both countries respect but instead of saying good words to the US delegates, there’s was no stopping his mouth in calling them names.

Duterte should know that in America’s culture, calling US Ambassador to the country, Philip Goldberg, “a gay son of a bitch.” is far from unacceptable. It is a form of discrimination calling a person regardless of their sexual preferences. He also keeps on talking about his being a lawyer and he knows his limitations and the people’s rights – but human rights nowadays are clearly violated in his undermining police brutality while he is pushing to eliminate both drug dealers and addicts as he is running out of time with his 3 to 6 months promise.

Duterte’s election victory was feared to be the end of bilateral relationship with Washington, as analysts are expecting conflicting strategies in dealing with China contrary to the principles of the US.
Saying that he is all for the alliance with the US but doing things that would make America think twice like the bad words he was throwing at these dignified Americans visiting the Philippines for the country’s welfare, it will not be long before America would turn their back on Filipinos, bringing with them other super powers because the Philippine President is starting to be known as someone who would say something but mean another which would surely put the country into a dangerous situation and thereby alienating it from its allies.


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Duterte is opposing but embracing Oligarchy’s shaping the country in connivance with political dynasts

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
In connection with Roberto Ongpin, the business tycoon named by the president as an oligarch, has resigned as board chairman and director in Philweb, the online gaming company. Duterte’s highlighting Ongpin is far from fair because Ongpin is not the only oligarch in this country if that is really true. The reality is that – Philippines is controlled and run by oligarchs in connovance with political dynasts.

As written in Manila Times: “The Philippines is a rich country, where the people are poor, and there is extreme wealth sitting alongside extreme poverty. “It is an archipelago of 7,107 islands, and an oligarchipelago of 100 ruling families. “Business oligarchs and political dynasties have combined to turn the opportunity of becoming a democracy into creating a full- blown plutocracy.”

To clarify, an oligarchy is described as a form of government in which power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique. It simply means government by few rich people. Aristotle was the one who used of the term “oligarchy” first. Whereas plutocracy is a form of oligarchy and defines a society ruled or controlled by a small minority of the wealthiest citizens.
An example of this was Lee Kuan Yew’s suggesting that rich people should be given two votes in an election, compared to one vote for regular citizens. Singapore even think that this is an undemocratic idea.

Duterte however attacks both the oligarchs and plutocracy. He is not drectomh his attacks to actual rule by the very rich, but their influence on policy and the means of power, which allow them to accumulate more wealth. The wealthy do not rule in the Philippines; they just influence political events in a way that favors the politicians that they support or the policies that they advocate.

Here are Statistics showing the above claims:

1.Wealth of top 10 Filipino oligarchs
2009 — $11.1 billion
2014 — $50.6 billion
Increase — $39.5 billion
2. National GDP
2009 — $168.3 billion
2014 — $284.5 billion
Increase — $ 116.2 billion
3. Tax of top 10 oligarchs
2009-2014 – only $2 billion
Only 25 of the top 50 oligarchs are on the list of top 500 taxpayers.
Quite striking is his table of the wealth of the top 10 richest Filipinos
as percentage of national G DP in comparison with those of other countries, which have the same number of billionaires as we do.
4. Wealth of top 10 individuals
As percentage of national GDP
Saudi Arabia—6.9 percent of GDP
Norway – 4.9 percent
Australia – 3.0 percent
South Korea – 3.0 percent
Philippines – 17.0 percent (this is an increase from 15 percent in 2012)

Note that the Philippines is Asia’s second fastest growing economy next to Chna. The growth has been traced from the businesses of the country’s 50 richest families.

According to the latest statistics from Forbes magazine, the collective wealth of the country’s richest grew by about 13 % in 2014, standing at $74.2 billion. Up from $65.8 billion in 2013.
Here’s the most interesting fact: The collective wealth of the country’s 50 richest individuals in 2014 accounted for 25.7 % of the country ‘s full-year GDP.

The most alarming aspect of the Philippine situation is the way business oligarchs have combined with political dynasts to control policy and power in the country. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Filipino lawmakers come from dynastic families. Oligarchs help them get elected or reelected by providing substantial campaign contributions in every election. Together, oligarchs and dynasts have a stranglehood on political and economic power. This is what keeps our people and our country poor – but hold on, one of the many campaign contributors of Duterte’s presidential campaign was a Chinese businessman right?


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Jaywalking Test? Try the Philippines

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Jay Leno said that jaywalking is taking advantage of our citizenship but in a very dangerous way, It is funny that many Americans failed the jaywalking test but if this process is done in the Philippines, perhaps it could be worst. There are even signs in main roads telling the public not to cross in that area because they can die. Good thing that it is in Pilipino – or else foreigners will be laughing their heads off.

Youtube video by: Mart Simm

Take the case of that man in white in the image, Right after going down the tricycle, he immediately crossed the street just for his own convenience – without thinking about the danger of being in the middle of the intersection without the pedestrian lane. Sometimes people can be too lazy and stupid bringing danger to their own self and inconvenience to others.

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China can Inflict serious Damage to its Neighbors during War with the U.S.


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Military analysts worldwide may not think that China can surpass the war capability of the United States – but with its continues upgrades in armaments and hi-tech military facilities, it can inflict serious damages into its neighbors like in the Philippines which is the subject of their fury as the international tribunal awarded the sovereignty over the disputed West Philippine Sea to the Filipinos. Another one is Vietnam that turned their back on them, plus Indonesia that returned their bullying techniques by doing the same to China – and most of all, the head on collision with another Asian giant that is also into nuclear weaponry, India. Read this analysis as to who will win:

AFR wrote: If it came to a war over the South China Sea, who would win?
Ten years ago, the answer would have been a resounding nod to the United States. While the odds are still well in the super power’s favour today, military experts say the costs would be high and China could inflict some serious damage. Of course, this is an extreme scenario. Most analysts agree that the chance of a conventional war between China and the US over the South China Sea is low, precisely because the consequences are so serious.

It added: It would pit a rising military power against the most established fighting force in the world, which would ostensibly be acting in support of its regional allies and to maintain its influence in the region.


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UK’s BT Broadband fault created a big fuzz – but only a way of life in the Philippines

BT Broadband

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
UK’s BT Broadband fault disrupted businesses for minutes and it’s already a big deal especially for banks and other businesses to lose revenues in that short span of time – whereas in the Philippines, internet fluctuations are a way of life. In the country where cell sites cannot be easily installed due to the rumored cancer scare that has been corrected by the Department of Health, people can only complain of bad signals or services but there’s nothing the majority can do about it but pay the usual bills to prevent it from not functioning forever. It is just amazing how the slight complaints of one country is a daily sacrifice for another. Read BT’s story in the U.K.:

BBC reported: Many of BT’s customers have experienced problems with its broadband services.The firm first acknowledged the issues in a tweet shortly after 09:00 BST and said they had been resolved three and a half hours later. Its troubles also caused several banks to be unable to offer online services. BT said that a power fault at one of its partners’ sites in London was the cause, but did not name the company involved. However, the BBC discovered that ultimate responsibility lay with the California-based data centre operator Equinix. “We’re sorry that some BT and Plusnet customers experienced problems accessing some internet services this morning,” said a spokeswoman for BT. “Around 10% of customers’ internet usage was affected following power issues at one of our internet connection partners’ sites in London. The issue has now been fixed and services have been restored.”BT’s service status pages had indicated that subscribers in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland had all been affected.

It continued: The event occurred six months after Equinix took control of the data centre involved as part of its takeover of the Telecity Group. “Equinix can confirm that we experienced a brief outage at the former Telecity LD8 site in London earlier this morning,” said Russell Poole, managing director in the UK for Equinix. “This impacted a limited number of customers, however service was restored within minutes. Equinix engineers are on site and actively working with customers to minimise the impact.”