18 Nov 2020
DUTERTE THREATENS TO DEFUND UP AMID STUDENTS' PROTEST VS DISASTER RESPONSE,
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to stop funding the University
of the Philippines (UP) following calls from students for an academic strike
against the alleged negligence of the current administration in disaster
response and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a public address aired late Tuesday, Duterte threatened to defund UP, and
claimed that it is a recruitment ground for communist rebels.
"Sige. 'Yung mga eskuwelahan, UP? Fine. Maghinto kayo ng aral. I will stop
the funding. Wala nang ginawa itong mga ano kundi magrecruit ng mga
komunista diyan. Tapos nag-aaral kayo, gusto niyo bira birahin ang gobyerno.
Masyado naman naka-swerte kayo. 'Wag talaga kayong matakot. Manakot, rather,
because I will oblige you," he said.
He also told students of private universities to just stop studying and
monitor how the government is handling disasters.
"You are taking the cudgels of the poor ahead of your time. That is not your
worry. That is the worry of government. Kami sabi ko nagtatrabaho kami.
Government workers kami. Anong silbi namin dito mag-upo lang kundi gumalaw
para sa tao," Duterte said.
"At yung ganoong mga threat, huwag kayong pumasok. I suggest to you, stop
schooling, until mabakunahan ang lahat ng Filipino. You resume your duty and
you wait for another typhoon and see if the help that we extend is enough to
your satisfaction," he added.
Duterte was reacting to calls from several student groups for an academic
freeze to give students enough time to recover from the string of typhoons
which battered parts of the country.
However, it was students from the Ateneo de Manila University, not from UP,
who started calls for an academic strike against the alleged incompetence of
the Duterte administration.
Faculty members from UP only urged the UP administration for an immediate
end to the semester, citing challenges in distance learning coupled with the
effects of typhoons that recently hit the country.
But UP's Office of the Student Regent said in a statement later that the
strike of UP students and faculty "is valid and reflective of the peoples
longstanding demand for accountability from the state."
"It brings calls from across sectors on education, on medical & economic
solutions, all geared towards ending tyranny. STOP THE ATTACKS. DEFEND UP!"
it said in a tweet.
"Throughout the pandemic and calamity, our constituency have offered our
minds and skills for public service for our kababayans. And we will continue
to do so. We will not allow any threat against us.
"Pres. Duterte must step down. We say no more to neglect and suffering. No
more!" it said.
'BALAT-SIBUYAS': ROBREDO SAYS DUTERTE SHOULD NOT BE SENSITIVE TO CRITICISM
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte should not be "onion-skinned" or
sensitive to criticism, Vice President Leni Robredo said Wednesday after the
former accused her of starting an online trend calling out government's
supposed inadequate disaster response.
The hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo (Where Is The President) trended on Twitter on
Thursday while Ulysses inundated large swaths of Luzon.
"Para satin, dapat kasi di tayo balat-sibuyas sa ganyan, kasi traditionally
naman kung sino ang nakaupo marami talagang reklamo ang tao. Di dapat siya
nagiging dahilan para magaway-away lalo na sa panahon na dapat
nagtutulong-tulungan," she said in a Facebook live while extending aid in
Ragay town, Camarines Sur.
"Kahit nung time ni PNoy (former President Benigno Aquino III) ginagamit na
'yung hashtag na 'yan. 'Yung ngayon, di lang yata ngayong typhoon, parang
ginamit na siya even before."
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday accused Robredo of lying about his
whereabouts while typhoon Ulysses battered parts of the country last week.
In a lengthy, repeated rant during his weekly public address, Duterte called
Robredo a liar, accusing her of misleading the public that he was missing in
action during the typhoon.
"I would like to just give a caution to the vice president. She made a
blunder, a big one, and she practically lied, making her incapable of
truth," he alleged.
He also said that he is a "night person" who works late into the night
reading official documents.
Robredo said it was "unpresidential" of Duterte for telling her that he
would insult her if she runs for president.
"I think thats very unpresidential pero karapatan niya namang sabihin kung
ano ang dapat niyang sabihin pero siguraduhin niya lang na tama 'yung
pinagbabasehan niya and in this case, mali siya," she said.
The Vice President said whoever peddled the "fake news" that she began the
hashtag must have been someone close to the President.
"Ang pakiusap ko wag na nilang dagdagan kasi sobrang dami na ng peddlers of
false information," she said.
'NAGPUPUYAT KAMI PARA MAKATULONG': ROBREDO HITS BACK AT DUTERTE'S
MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday snapped back at President
Rodrigo Duterte after the latter asked her where she spends her nights.
Duterte earlier claimed in the public briefing that Robredo misled the
public that he was missing in action during Typhoon Ulysses' onslaught in
the Philippines. She made no such statement however.
He also asserted he was a "night person" who works late into the night
reading official documents.
"Sinabi ko sa tao 'yan that I am a night person, my day begins at 2, 2
o'clock hanggang gabi na, no limit. Hanggang gabi na 'yan, umaabot ng alas
dos, alas tres ng umaga," Duterte said.
The President then asked the Vice President what time she goes home and
whose house she hangs around in.
"Kung sabihin ko tuloy sayo, what time did you go home? Ikaw, noong gabi,
anong oras ka umuwi? Isang bahay ka lang ba, dalawang bahay?" Duterte said.
"Gusto kong malaman, ikaw, gabi-gabi lumalakad ka, anong oras ka umuuwi? At
kaninong bahay ka tumutuloy?" he repeated.
Robredo blasted Duterte's remarks, calling him a "misogynist".
"When a President is a misogynist, the conversation goes down to this
level," she said in a tweet.
Robredo showed a video of her staff and volunteers preparing relief goods
for typhoon-hit families and residents.
"Eto po yung ginagawa namin gabi gabi, nagpupuyat ilang linggo na para,
araw-araw, may madala lang na tulong sa mga nangangailangan," she said.
Robredo debunked Duterte's accusations that she asked his own whereabouts,
saying she only called out Palace chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo for
falsely claiming she rode on a government plane to donate relief goods.
"I just called out Sec. Panelo for peddling fake news. I am also calling out
whoever peddled the fake news to the President, kaya ganito siya ka pikon. I
never said 'Where is the President'? You can review all my tweets," the Vice
DUTERTE MISINFORMED? SPOX SAYS 'NOT SURE,' INSISTS ROBREDO ASKED
MANILA President Rodrigo Duterte spewed tirades against Vice President
Leni Robredo because she allegedly asked where he was during the onslaught
of this year's most destructive typhoon, his spokesman said Wednesday, even
as he admitted he was "not sure" where the Chief Executive got his
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte's supporters "could not
be... behind" the hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo (where is the President) when
Ulysses spawned floods in vast swaths of Luzon and trapped people on their
rooftops last week.
Asked whether or not Duterte could have been misinformed that Robredo also
inquired about his whereabouts, Roque said, I am not sure and I do not know
and my role as a spokesman basically is to clarify matters if what the
President said was not clear, but I think what he said last night was very
Its expected that she would deny, of course, given the very strong words
of the President against her, but we all know that the hashtag
#NasaanAngPangulo was trending," Roque told CNN Philippines.
And as far as the Presidents statements are concerned, I think the
President would not have been irritated as he was, if he did not have
personal knowledge that the Vice President was asking for his whereabouts,
either privately or publicly, he added.
Roque said he was "not saying" that Robredo started the #NasaanAngPangulo
mess, "but it was a very loud hashtag."
The Vice President had said she never used #NasaanAngPangulo, and that
helping Filipinos cope with Ulysses was not a contest.
DUTERTE MELTDOWN VS ROBREDO UNCALLED FOR - ANALYST
MANILA President Rodrigo Dutertes meltdown against Vice President Leni
Robredos disaster response efforts in light of successive storms that
struck the country is uncalled for, a political analyst said Wednesday.
I think its his personal and leadership style but I think its uncalled
for, Dr. Francisco Magno, associate political science professor at the De
La Salle University (DLSU), told ANC.
In times of disaster, the government should be inviting all the kind of
support and help that is necessary.
In times of disaster, political affiliations should not even matter, he
That shouldn't be a factor anymore because we have to know the vice
president is an elected official. In fact, after an election, they have to
work together, Magno said.
Robredo comes from the opposition Liberal Party, which Duterte has
frequently criticized for disapproving his policies such as the governments
response to the COVID-19 crisis and the war on drugs.
In a lengthy, repeated rant during his weekly public address Tuesday,
Duterte lashed out at Robredo for allegedly misleading the public over his
supposed absence in the governments response to the successive typhoons.
He said he was attending the ASEAN Summit amid clamor over his public
presence in the aftermath of calamities, which sparked the hashtag
This prompted Robredo to hit back at the President, calling his remarks
misogynistic. She also maintained she made no such statement asking for
For Magno, it is a "standard" that the President should be available during
extreme events. It was also not necessary for Duterte to keep tabs on
Robredo, he added.Magno added, And the work of the vice president is very
limited in a sense that her funding is not that large. Its kind of an
effort to help even in that situation.
The governments response to the recent typhoons, he said, only showed the
inadequacies in the existing institutional mechanisms.
ROBREDO DID NOT GIVE ORDERS TO THE MILITARY, CONTRARY TO DUTERTE CLAIM
MANILA Vice President Leni Robredo merely coordinated with and did not
give orders to the military for them to rescue residents affected by the
flooding brought by Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco), contrary to
the claims made by President Rodrigo Duterte.
"The claim that I have been giving orders to the military, that is wrong,"
Robredo told reporters in Ragay, Camarines Sur in Filipino on Wednesday.
Robredo said she was just passing distress calls to whoever was on the
ground, including the military, the police and government officials.
I think its my obligation and the obligation of anyone who receives calls
for help to find help. For me, this is a time of disaster. We shouldnt be
closing our doors to anyone extending help. For me, this is the time for all
of us to help each other, she said partly in Filipino.
In his remarks, Duterte said that all Robredo did was to call up military
"Iyon bang ano mga helicopter natin na-deploy? Iyong ating mga ano nandoon
na? Yes, yes, yes yan puro. Then you make it appear na gumalaw ang Armed
Forces. Kaya kita mo ininsulto ka ng dalawang generals. The one is I think a
Marine officer and the other one is an Army. General [Luga?], yeah. Kita mo
ininsulto ka. You are not part of the command," he said.
In the same speech, Duterte stressed that the military would not follow
"Alam mo yung mga military hindi yan maniwala sa iyo because tama sila you
are not in the line of authority basta ganun. Wala kang Times of emergency,
ako lang pati ang military. Its between me and military pagka pulis. Iyan
lang sila kami mag-ano."
Malacañang stood by Dutertes remarks during a televised address late
Tuesday night, saying that Robredo made it appear that she was the one
calling out uniformed personnel to give aid to victims of the floods.
Robredo did not make any such claim and her office last week said that they
had been facilitating requests for rescue and assistance.
SC REJECTS MARCOS MOVE TO KEEP LEONEN OUT OF POLL PROTEST, TELLS CALIDA TO
MANILA The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has ordered Solicitor General
Jose Calida to explain why he should not be cited in contempt as it junked
his and former Sen. Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr.s motions for Associate
Justice Marvic Leonen to inhibit from the vice presidential poll protest.
The Supreme Court Public Information Office said Tuesday that the SC,
sitting as PET, tribunal voted unanimously to deny the Motions to Inhibit
separately by Marcos and Calida.
The PET also issued a show-cause order to Calida over his motion to inhibit
Leonen from the case.
Marcos, in his motion, accused Leonen of manifesting partiality to Vice
President Leni Robredo in the poll proceedings. Calida, just hours later,
filed a separate motion bearing almost the same arguments as Marcos.
Calida said he was filing the motion to inhibit as part of his mandate of
being tribune of the people, the same reason he used when he took a stand
favoring Marcos in the voting shade threshold issue.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said he supposed Calidas motion had
to filed because of peoples interest on who won the vice presidential
The PET also issued a show cause order to Manila Times reporter Jomar
Canlas, who wrote a two-part report on the supposed reflections of Leonen
on the poll protest case early in the case deliberations.
Calidas and Marcos two unrelated motions to inhibit filed on the same day
quoted from Canlas' report.
A copy of the PET resolution has yet to be made public. The SC PIO said this
will be uploaded on its website once available.
SOLDIERS GUN DOWN MASBATE JOURNALIST IN ALLEGED ENCOUNTER
MANILA Soldiers killed Saturday a stringer for a Masbate tabloid and
pastor in what they described as an encounter an allegation that
colleagues of the journalist say is untrue.
Citing a police report, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
(NUJP) reported Tuesday that Ronnie Villamor, 50, was shot dead by members
of the army after he supposedly drew a firearm when he was ordered to stop
as he rode his motorcycle.
Army troops, led by 2nd Lieutenant Maydim Jomadil, told police that they
were investigating the presence of five armed men in Barangay Matanglad who
allegedly fled as they approached.
But colleagues of Villamor tell a different story, according to the union.
They said that the freelance journalist went to Matanglad with four
surveyors from Legazpi City at the request of a landowner to provide media
coverage of the survey, which a local journalist says is typical for such
activities as owners involved in disputes believe that the presence of the
media would prevent violence.
Villamors colleagues also said that he and his colleagues even coordinated
with the local police and informed them of why they were going to Matanglad.
But they said that the survey did not happen as a group of soldiers
supposedly prevented Villamors group from pushing through.
Villamor then decided to phone local police for assistance, his colleagues
said. It was then that several gunshots were heard and Villamor was killed.
According to NUJPs tally, Villamor is the fourth journalist to be killed in
Masbate, the 19th slain during the administration of President Rodrigo
Duterte and the 191st since 1986.
His killing comes only four days after Virgilio Maganes was shot dead by
unknown assailants onboard a motorcycle outside of his home in Villasis,
1 MORE STORM MAY ENTER PH BEFORE END-NOVEMBER: PAGASA
MANILA - One more storm may enter the Philippine area of responsibility
before the month ends, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.
"Ang forecast for November is 1-3 (storms) pero dahil nasa kalagitnaan pa
lang tayo ng buwan, maaaring pumasok ang isa pang bagyo," PAGASA weather
forecaster Raymond Ordinario told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.
The Philippines was battered by a series of storms beginning last month with
tropical depression Ofel, followed by tropical storm Pepito, Typhoon Quinta
(Molave), Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni), Severe tropical storm Siony (Atsani),
tropical storm Tonyo and Typhoon Ulysses.
Ulysses brought torrential rains that resulted in historic flooding in
Marikina and Cagayan, leaving at least 73 dead in the entire Luzon.
NBA EXPANDS 2021 PLAYOFFS WITH PLAY-IN GAMES
The 2020-21 NBA postseason will be expanded to include a play-in tournament
in each conference, the league announced Tuesday.
The pandemic-shortened regular season, reduced to 72 games, will start Dec.
22, and the postseason will open begin May 18.
Ten teams in each conference will advance to the postseason, with teams
seeded seventh through 10th participating in a play-in tournament to gain
admission to the conference playoffs.
The COVID-19-truncated 2019-20 season necessitated a delayed start to the
coming season, and the league continues to finalize details.
The NBA Board of Governors noted in announcing the changes that the season
would be established in two segments -- the first Dec. 22-March 4, followed
by the All-Star break (March 5-10), with the second half of the season March
Intriguing differences in the playoff structure hold that the teams with the
seventh-best and eighth-best records in each conference will play one game,
with the winner becoming the No. 7 seed in the playoffs.
At the same time, the teams with the ninth- and 10th-best records will play
a game, with the winner of that contest then meeting the loser of the
"seven-eight" game for the right to become the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.
So, the teams 7 and 8 would need only to win one game in two tries while
teams 9 and 10 would have to win two in a row.
Moreover, the 72-game schedule (compared to the traditional 82-game season)
will not be perfectly balanced. Pointedly, the league announced, "The Second
Half schedule will include the remainder of each team's 72 games not
scheduled in the First Half as well as any games postponed during the First
Half that can reasonably be added to the Second Half schedule."
The schedule will include teams playing three games against each
intraconference opponent and two games against each interconference
The playoffs are due to end by July 22, which is the day before the opening
ceremonies of the rescheduled Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The more one belabors a point, the more skeptical I become; the louder one
talks, the further I back off. Repetition raises doubts in the minds of
those to whom you wish to make your point. - Robert J. Ringer